Supreme Court to Decide Same-Sex Marriage

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The Supreme Court will hear cases challenging California and federal law limiting the rights of same-sex couples, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The Justices granted hearings Friday to supporters of Proposition 8, California's controversial law that defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman, as well the 1996 federal law, the Defense of Marriage Act.

The law withholds federal recognition and spousal benefits, including Social Security survivor payments and tax filing.

In February, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Prop. 8, declaring it unconstitutional.

The decision to take both cases suggests the justices are ready to tackle the issue fully, the Wall Street Journal suggested.

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