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Gay marriage round two for U.S. Supreme Court

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 01:47

March 27 - The lesbian widow taxed $363,000 after her wife's death says she's optimistic the Supreme Court will strike down a statute defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Deborah Gembara reports.

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Should the federal government be allowed to deny benefits to same sex married couples? DOMA - the Defense of Marriage Act says yes. Outside the U.S.'s top court, some demonstrators are hoping the justices say "No." They're looking for the high court to answer definitively on gay marriage --- an issue which until now has been left to the states --- with nine recognizing same -sex marriage and 30 with amendments against it. Murkiness on the matter can also be expensive as Edie Windsor, the woman who is asking the court to strike down DOMA learned. SOUNDBITE: Edie Windsor, lesbian widow with case before the Supreme Court saying: "When my beautiful, sparkly Thea died, I was overwhelmed with grief. In the middle of that grief ...." While Windsor's marriage is recognized in the state of New York, she had to pay a $363,000 real estate tax because the federal definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. The 83 year is confident the court will overturn DOMA. SOUNDBITE: Edie Windsor, lesbian widow with case before the Supreme Court saying: "I think we were very respected. (Smiling) I think we are going to have a good result." Gay marriage opponents say changing the definition of marriage could have negative consequences for society. SOUNDBITE: John Eastman, Chairman, National Organization For Marriage saying : "Traditional marriage matters. To use the Supreme Court language, it is the institution that is necessary to the survival of society and we don't want to see it weakened." A ruling in the case is expected in June.

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Gay marriage round two for U.S. Supreme Court

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 01:47