Supreme Court hears arguments for and against gay marriage

Protesters chanted, prayed and waved signs outside the Supreme Court as the justices heard arguments on Proposition 8 — the California ballot initiative that effectively prohibits gay marriage.

Kevin Coyne of Washington holds flags in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on March 27, 2013. The U.S. Supreme Court, in the second day of gay marriage cases, turned to a constitutional challenge to the federal law that prevents legally married gay Americans from collecting federal benefits generally available to straight married couples. (Associated Press)

Kevin Coyne of Washington holds flags in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on March 27, 2013. The U.S. Supreme Court, in the second day of gay marriage cases, turned to a constitutional challenge to the federal law that prevents legally married gay Americans from collecting federal benefits generally available to straight married couples. (Associated Press)

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