Watch: A majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices signaled sympathy for overturning a controversial 1996 law — the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) — that denies federal tax breaks and other benefits to legally married same-sex couples.
FULL AUDIO: Hearing on 3/27/13 at the Supreme Court on the Defense of Marriage Act
Full transcript here, we will be adding audio highlights of the full audio on the live blog shortly.
FULL LIVE COVERAGE OF SUPREME COURT HEARINGS ON GAY MARRIAGE
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Supreme Court justices signaled on Tuesday that they are reluctant to embrace a broad ruling finding a fundamental right to marriage for gays and lesbians across the United States.
As sign-waving demonstrators massed outside, the court completed more than an hour of oral argument on whether to let stand a California ban on same-sex marriage without indicating a clear path forward.
Live updates / Audio of today’s hearing / Transcript
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for two gay marriage cases, DOMA and Prop 8, on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Religious leaders lay on the ground and pray over a bible and a copy of the verdict on President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare overhaul law outside the Supreme Court in Washington June 28, 2012.
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama’s healthcare law on Thursday in an election-year triumph for him and fellow Democrats and a stinging setback for Republican opponents of the most sweeping overhaul of the unwieldy U.S. healthcare system in about a half century. [REUTERS/Jason Reed]
A sharply divided Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare overhaul law that requires that most Americans get insurance by 2014 or pay a financial penalty.
“The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court’s majority in the opinion.
“Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness,” he concluded. The vote was 5-4.
READ MORE: Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act
FLASH: U.S. Supreme Court upholds key part of tough Arizona immigration law, in defeat for Obama.
Justice Kennedy says court finds unpersuasive the argument that key provision of law on police checks must be preempted at this stage. More on Reuters.com.