US Supreme Court set to rule on same-sex marriage - CBS46 News

US Supreme Court set to rule on same-sex marriage

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The United States Supreme Court any day could rule on two landmark same-sex marriage cases.

The high court's decision could determine whether bans on same-sex marriages are constitutional and if gay and lesbian married couples can receive the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

The court is considering the federal defense of marriage act, which bars same-sex couples from receiving the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples, and California's Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in that state.

Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality, which advocates for legalizing same-sex marriage, said it is not clear how the court will rule.

If justices decide both bans are unconstitutional, a new world of rights could open to same-sex couples.

"It's an important milestone in our movement just to have the Supreme Court look at this issue," Graham said. "It would be conceivable, in coming months, same-sex couples could begin to get married and receive full federal benefits of marriage."

Tanya Ditty, the state director for Concerned Women for America, which opposes gay marriage, believed striking down the bans would shake the foundations of marriage.

"It would be a loss for this country. We were founded on marriage as being as being defined  between a husband and a wife," Ditty said.

The Supreme Court also could rule the bans are constitutional, allowing the restrictions to stand.

"That would be a win-win for Georgia and this country," Ditty said.

"Regardless of what the Supreme Court rules, our work is cut out for us in the state of Georgia," Graham said.

The Supreme Court could also kick the California case back to California courts.

The state courts have already struck down bans on same-sex marriage.

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