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Homosexual Agenda meets SCOTUS

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Two potentially transformative cases regarding gay marriage will be argued at the Supreme Court this week. Justices have set aside two days to hear arguments and they will release audio arguments that day. Both cases will be decided by the end of June.
Here's what you need to know about the legal cases: Click here to read more about the challenge to California's Proposition 8. In addition to ruling on the constitutionality of Prop 8, which bans gay marriage, the Supreme Court will also hear a challenge to a federal law, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defines marriage as between one man and a woman. The law denies federal benefits to same-sex couples who are legally married in their states. Unlike the Prop 8 case, the DOMA challenge does not address whether there is a fundamental right under the Constitution to gay marriage.
The case was brought by Edie Windsor, an 83-year-old woman from New York who married Thea Clara Spyer in 2007 after some 40 years together as a couple. When Spyer died in 2009, Windsor was denied -- under DOMA -- an exemption on federal estate taxes that she had paid on her spouse's estate.