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June 26th, 2013
10:12 PM ET

Same-sex marriage supporters claim victory after historic Supreme Court ruling

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Two key rulings from the Supreme Court today on same-sex marriage.

The court decided that same-sex spouses are entitled to the same federal benefits as heterosexual spouses, and the court also dismissed California's Propostion 8 appeal, clear the way for same-sex marriages to resume in that state.

It wasn't an absolute victory for gay right advocates.

The high court also declined to make a sweeping statement on the broader issue of same-sex marriage rights nationwide.

Supporters were quick to applaud the court's decision.

"Today the United States Supreme Court in two important decisions brings us that much closer to true equality," Attorney for Prop 8 Plaintiffs, David Boies said.

What do these ruling really mean to the gay community?

OutFront tonight: Dustin Lance Black, who won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the movie MILK - the story of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk. And Joel Burns, an openly gay member of the Fort Worth City Council, whose video speech to gay teens three years ago went viral and received millions of hits on the internet, making it one of the most-watched videos of the "It Gets Better" campaign.


Filed under: Gay Marriage • News • Supreme Court
June 24th, 2013
08:51 PM ET

Murder case hinges on same-sex union: Woman wants to invoke spousal privilege

A murder case in Kentucky hinges on the debate over same-sex marriage. 

At issue: Whether the partner of an accused killer can be forced to testify against the woman she calls her wife - or be allowed to refuse - like any other spouse.

The outcome could mean the difference between life and death row.

CNN's John Zarrella has the story.


Filed under: Crime • Gay Marriage
March 27th, 2013
08:42 PM ET

Supreme Court skeptical of law defining marriage

Lots of skepticism from Supreme Court justices on the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and woman.

"The Federal Government is intertwined with the citizens' day-to-day life, you are at - at real risk of running in conflict with what has always been thought to be the essence of the State police power, which is to regulate marriage, divorce, custody," Justice Anthony Kennedy said.

Five justices appear receptive to gutting Defense of Marriage Act

The case against the Defense of Marriage Act was brought by an elderly New York woman, Edith Windsor who was hit with a $363,000 federal estate-tax bill when her same-sex spouse passed away in 2009.

Now had the feds recognized Windor's marriage, which was valid in New York - she would have owed nothing.

"I didn't feel any hostility, okay, or any sense of inferiority, you know, what do these people want? I felt, felt, felt we were very respected and, and I think, I think it's gonna be good," Windsor said.

Outfront tonight: Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin, who was in the courtroom.


Filed under: Gay Marriage • News • Supreme Court
March 26th, 2013
08:48 PM ET

Supreme Court conflicted over same-sex marriage

Supreme Court justices heard arguments today for and against California's 2008 ban on same-sex marriage known as Proposition 8.

The justices have the power to make same-sex marriage the law of the land. Currently, it's only the law in nine states and Washington D.C.

Some justices seemed wary of issuing a broad ruling.

"This was a deeply divided Supreme Court, and a court that seemed almost to be groping for an answer here," said CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin after following 80 minutes of arguments.

U.S. Supreme Court hears same-sex marriage arguments

OutFront tonight: Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin.


Filed under: Gay Marriage • Law • News • Supreme Court
March 26th, 2013
08:18 PM ET

Same-sex marriage dividing the GOP

Poll after poll, we've seen a stark political divide when it comes to same-sex marriage

A new CBS poll shows 37% of Republicans support legalizing same-sex marriage while 63% of Democrats support it.

But Erin Burnett asked the CBS polling team for a breakdown by age, and the result was that among Republicans under 50, a plurality of 49 percent supports legalizing gay marriage, versus only 46 percent who oppose it.

But among Republicans under 50, a plurality 49% supports legalizing same-sex marriage while 46% oppose.

Burnett points out that its just one indication of how split the Republican Party is on this issue.

Outfront tonight: Republican Strategist and CNN contributor Ana Navarro - who signed a legal brief meant to influence the Supreme Court Justices to support same-sex marriage - and Ralph Reed, the chairman of the faith and freedom coalition.


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