Supreme Court Gay Marriage Decision Expected

Country will soon learn what justices say about Defense of Marriage Act and California's Prop 8.
2:41 | 06/26/13

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Let's go back to the supreme court. Last day of the session. That means historic rulings are coming on gay marriage. Whatever they decide, will have a lasting impact all across the country. Terry moran is outside the court. That's some crowd out there today. Reporter: It absolutely is. Doesn't get any bigger than this, george. Three hours from now, the court will bang its gavel. The marshal of the supreme court will call out those old worlds. And there are two separate cases at issue here. And the rulings in them today will shape american society for years to come. One case, potentially the most far-reaching, comes from california. At issue, proposition 8, passed by california voters in 2008, which defined marriage as one man, one woman. At issue, two couples that want to get married. And it declares that all same-sex couples in america have a constitutional right to get married because they're guaranteed to equal protection of the law. Or the justice could hold there's no much right and let prop 8 stand. Or they could dodge the issue and send it back to a lower court on technical grounds. On the other case, the defense of marriage act, or doma, which restricts all federal marriage benefits to heterosexual couples, only. Eddie was legally married in new york. But when her long-time partner died, the irs, citing doma, demanded $360,000 in estate taxes. The court could strike down doma, forcing the fog to street all legally gay married couples the same as straight ones. Two, big decisions. Lots of possible outcomes. The oral arguments what we've seen from the court so far this session, any clues to how they might decide? Reporter: It's difficult to read the tea leaves in oral arguments. After the obama care arguments, everybody thought they would strike that down last year. It is felt that the justices wanted to dodge this issue and let the conversation in the country on gay marriage continue. What they could do on proposition 8 is essentially say, this case isn't right for us right now. It did feel that they will strike down that federal law, saying let the states decide.

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