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First Word: SCOTUS raises concern over DOMA

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments for and against the Defense of Marriage Act. Check out tonight's rundown.
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The Supreme Court heard oral arguments for and against the Defense of Marriage Act. Check out tonight's rundown.

After yesterday’s hearing over California’s Prop. 8, the Supreme Court has moved on to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The 1996 law denies federal benefits and tax breaks to legally married same-sex couples, and defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Justice Anthony Kennedy, a potential swing vote, voiced concern of whether the federal government has the inherent right to legally define marriage instead of leaving it to the states. Other liberal justices also questioned whether DOMA degrades same-sex marriages in the nine states that have legalized them; Ruth Bader Ginsburg compared the situation to milk — there’s “full marriage, and then this sort of skim milk marriage.”

Tonight at 10pm ET, we will continue to discuss the Supreme Court’s landmark hearings. Here’s a look at stories shaping tonight’s rundown: