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Same-sex marriage heading to Supreme Court

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Albany/HV: Legal Eagle: Same-sex marriage heading to Supreme Court
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The hot topic of same-sex marriage is heading to the Supreme Court in the near future. A one page report was issued by Justices on Friday, just weeks after three new states approved same-sex marriages. The Supreme Court will hear two constitutional challenges to state and federal laws dealing with the recognition of same sex marriages. Oral arguments are estimated to begin in March, with a ruling as soon as June of 2013.

UNITED STATES -- Oral arguments will begin before the Supreme Court in March over same-sex marriage.

A one page report was issued by Justices on Friday, just weeks after three new states approved same-sex marriages.

Two sets of constitutional challenges to state and federal laws will be heard dealing with the recognition of same-sex unions. The Supreme Court will particularly look at decisions made on the Defense of Marriage Act, a law that has been called into question in California and New York over the past year.

But just because same-sex marriage is going to the Supreme Court doesn't mean there will be decision.

"It is possible that they won't. And that's the reason why there's a tremendous amount of excitement and anticipation over these cases, but there's several outs in these cases. And in that order, the Supreme Court has raised several other issues that question the ability of a party to challenge these laws or raise the appeals. And that gives the Supreme Court a way out of deciding it if that's what they want to do," said legal expert Paul DerOhannesian.

The court could decide if denying same-sex marriage is a type of discrimination, though. If they do, it could affect other cases of discrimination in the U.S.

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