Analysis: Justices appear wary of sweeping ruling on marriage

Reports from today's Supreme Court oral arguments on the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 suggest justices may be hesitant to issue a sweeping ruling in the case, if they decide it all. A significant portion of the hearing was dedicated to whether marriage-equality opponents had standing to bring the case; if the court rules that they don't, same-sex marriages would resume in California under a lower court ruling. Justice Anthony Kennedy, considered a swing vote, said the immediate needs of the 40,000 children of same-sex couples in California should be considered in the case.

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