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The consensus view: The justices will limit the expansion of gay marriage rights to California, with few if any implications for the rest of the country. Only on the Defense of Marriage Act, most agree, will the court strike a broad blow against discrimination by striking down the ban on federal benefits for married same-sex couples.
In nearly two hours of arguments on Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard many of the expected cases for and against recognizing gay marriage: that refusing to do so is blatant discrimination, that gay marriage is a social experiment that the court should not preempt, that Washington has no role in state marriage laws.
Leading opponents of gay marriage -- or as they prefer to be called, defenders of traditional marriage -- are trying to stop an increasingly popular movement as it approaches two dates with history this week at the Supreme Court.
Over the past few weeks, the war on marriage has turned into a blitzkrieg. It's all designed to sway the Supreme Court, which will be hearing arguments Tuesday and Wednesday on California's voter-approved constitutional marriage amendment and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
The next two days are destined to stand among the most significant days in our nation's constitutional history, but the issues at stake reach far beyond the U.S. Constitution. Nothing less than marriage is in the dock, with the nation's highest court set to consider two cases that deal with the question of the legalization of same-sex marriage.
It's not every day you see an ex-president ask the Supreme Court to strike down a law he signed. That's what Bill Clinton is doing with the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
Former president Bill Clinton has come out in favor of reversing the Defense of Marriage Act, a measure he signed into law in 1997 which protects marriage as between one man and one woman. He says things have changed. They certainly have.