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Supreme Court To Hear Two Same-Sex Appeals

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  Original Published: 3/25/2013The Supreme Court will hear two separate appeals this week on the issue of same-sex marriage. Arguments will be made to establish same-sex marriage as a constitutional right. Cristina Mutchler has more. People are already lining up at the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of getting a seat to witness history. Arguments over the right to same-sex marriage start Tuesday. Central in the debate, whether marriage should be considered a state or federal issue. "Americans on both sides of this issue are deeply invested in this debate on marriage. We don't need a 50 state solution presented by the Supreme Court when our democratic institutions are perfectly capable of handling this issue," says Austin Nimocks, vice president of Americans Defending Freedom. "There are certain things that shouldn't be put up for a vote. And gay people, like non-gay people, deserve, under the constitution, the ability to shape a family to build a life, and to have these dreams," says Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry. Appeals will be heard on California's "Proposition 8" that outlaws same-sex marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, that legally defines marriage as between a man and woman. Conservative leader Rand Paul says he believes in traditional marriage, but not DOMA. "I don't want the government promoting something I don't believe in, but I also don't mind if the government tries to be neutral on the issue," says Paul. Althought recent polls show a majority of Americans support of same-sex marriage, California's Attorney General Kamala Harris says it's more important to read the constitution. "I am absolutely against a ban on same-sex marriages because they are simply unconstitutional," she says.  
   
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