Supreme Court to hear landmark marriage equality cases

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear cases about the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, marking the first time questions on legal marriage for same-sex couples will be considered by the high court. Some LGBT advocates once wary of testing the court's views on the issue now say they're confident that the court will take into account the dramatic change in public opinion on marriage equality over the past few years. "We've hit a tipping point on this issue. I think we are better positioned than ever," said Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Others expressed nervousness that the justices could decide there is no constitutional right to marry a same-sex partner, a decision they argue could set back the marriage equality cause.

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