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

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Plaintiff of the US v. Windsor case challenging the constitutionality... News PhotoChallenge,Courthouse,Cross Section,Edith Windsor,Horizontal,International Landmark,Law,Lawyer,Legal System,Lesbian,Plaintiff,Roberta Kaplan,Supreme Court,Talking,USA,Washington DC,WidowPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPPlaintiff of the US v. Windsor case challenging the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), 83-year-old lesbian widow Edie Windsor (C) speaks to her lawyer Roberta Kaplan (L) in front the Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. 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)