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June 27th, 2013
06:09 AM ET

Scenes of joy after Supreme Court decision caught on TV – Jeanne Moos reports

The Supreme Court decision striking down a key part of DOMA and also opening the door to gay marriage in California is being cheered all over the country.

CNN's Jeanne Moos says it led to some amazing moments, just made for TV.

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June 27th, 2013
05:21 AM ET

History at the Supreme Court – Joe Johns reports

“Early Start” begins this morning with history, at the Supreme Court.

In a decision that is likely to change the lives of millions of Americans, the high court threw out a law banning the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. The Supreme Court ruled that marriage rules are up to the states and also opened the door for gay unions to resume in California.

CNN’s Joe Johns has more on the story, reporting that proponents took to the streets, celebrating what's being called a major victory for gay rights.

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March 27th, 2013
07:06 AM ET

Supreme Court to hear DOMA case in day two of same-sex marriage arguments – Shannon Travis reports


Washington (CNN) - Day Two of the culture wars at the Supreme Court over same-sex marriage, and another opportunity for the justices to give political and legal clarity to a contentious issue.

This all further intensifies interest in Wednesday's arguments on the constitutionality of a federal law that, like California, defines marriage as only between a man and a woman.

But a practical impact of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act means federal tax, Social Security, pension, and bankruptcy benefits, and family medical leave protections - do not apply to gay and lesbian couples.

The appeal centers on that element and involves Edith "Edie" Windsor, who was forced to assume an estate tax bill much larger than other married couples would have to pay. Because her decades-long partner was a woman, the federal government did not recognize the same-sex marriage in legal terms, even though their home state of New York did.

Shannon Travis previews the DOMA case arguments before the Supreme Court on "Early Start" this morning.

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Filed under: DOMA • Same sex marriage • SCOTUS