Supreme Court Hears Arguments On California's Prop 8 And Defense Of Marriage Act


Plaintiff Edie Windsor , an 83-year-old lesbian widow, gestures at... News PhotoChallenge,Court Hearing,Courthouse,Cross Section,Edith Windsor,Gesturing,Homosexual,Horizontal,International Landmark,Justice - Concept,Law,Leaving,Legal System,Lesbian,Marriage Equality,Plaintiff,Police Force,Protest,Supporter,Supreme Court,US Supreme Court Building,USA,Washington DC,Wedding,WidowPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPPlaintiff Edie Windsor (R), an 83-year-old lesbian widow, gestures at same-sex marriage supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC, after the US v. Windsor case hearing challenging the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The US Supreme Court tackled same-sex unions for a second day Wednesday, hearing arguments for and against the 1996 US law defining marriage as between one man and one woman. After the nine justices mulled arguments on a California law outlawing gay marriage on Tuesday, they took up a challenge to the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The 1996 law prevents couples who have tied the knot in nine states -- where same-sex marriage is legal -- from enjoying the same federal rights as heterosexual couples. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)