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Supporters of same-sex marriage demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. The rights of married same-sex couples will come under scrutiny at the court in the second of two landmark cases being considered by the top judicial panel. (March 27, 2013)

Supreme Court gay marriage hearings spur protests

Protesters on both sides of the gay marriage debate gathered outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington while the justices deliberated the issue. On June 26, 2013, the court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

Gay rights supporters Brian Sprague, left, and Charlie
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Gay rights supporters Brian Sprague, left, and Charlie Ferrusi, from Albany, hold a Human Rights flag outside the Supreme Court in Washington, DC. The high court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. (June 26, 2013)

North Carolina resident Allan Hoyle, center, speaks out
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North Carolina resident Allan Hoyle, center, speaks out against gay marriage across the street from the Supreme Court in Washington after the court heard arguments in the Defense of Marriage Act case. (March 27, 2013)

Gabriela Fore, 6, of Upper Darby, Pa., holds
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Gabriela Fore, 6, of Upper Darby, Pa., holds a sign with her mothers in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington as the court heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act. (March 27, 2013)

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Rebecca Winchell of Columbia, Md., sings in front
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Rebecca Winchell of Columbia, Md., sings in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington as the court heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act. (March 27, 2013)

Members of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization
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Members of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization shout slogans against gay marriage in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. (March 26, 2013)

Same-sex marriage supporters shout slogans in front of
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Same-sex marriage supporters shout slogans in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington as the court takes up the emotionally charged issue of gay marriage. (March 26, 2013)

Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage argue their
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Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage argue their points in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington as the court takes up the issue of gay marriage. (March 26, 2013)

An activist against gay marriage holds up a
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An activist against gay marriage holds up a Bible in Spanish as she marches in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. Same-sex marriage takes center stage there as the justices begin hearing oral arguments on the issue. (March 26, 2013)

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Supporters of same-sex marriage demonstrate in front of
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Supporters of same-sex marriage demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. The rights of married same-sex couples will come under scrutiny at the court in the second of two landmark cases being considered by the top judicial panel. (March 27, 2013)

Supporters of same-sex marriage demonstrate in front of
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Supporters of same-sex marriage demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. The rights of married same-sex couples will come under scrutiny in the second of two landmark cases being considered by the nation's top judicial panel. (March 27, 2013)

Plaintiff Edith Windsor of New York is hugged
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Plaintiff Edith Windsor of New York is hugged and greeted by supporters in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington after the court heard arguments in the Defense of Marriage Act case. (March 27, 2013)

Supporters of California's Proposition 8, the ballot initiative
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Supporters of California's Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that defines marriage as between only a man and a woman, demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. (March 26, 2013)

Partners Vivian Kinney, left, and Patricia Lilly, of
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Partners Vivian Kinney, left, and Patricia Lilly, of Akron, Ohio, watch a rally from across the street at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. (March 26, 2013)

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Plaintiff Edith Windsor of New York waves to
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Plaintiff Edith Windsor of New York waves to supporters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington after the court heard arguments in her Defense of Marriage Act case. (March 27, 2013)

A young man holds a rainbow flag in
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A young man holds a rainbow flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. (March 26, 2013)

A supporter of marriage equality waves a flag
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A supporter of marriage equality waves a flag during demonstration in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. (March 26, 2013)

Opponents of same-sex marriage pass the U.S. Supreme
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Opponents of same-sex marriage pass the U.S. Supreme Court during the March for Marriage. (March 26, 2013)

Equal rights supporters watch a rally from across
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Equal rights supporters watch a rally from across the street in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. (March 26, 2013)

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Same-sex marriage supporters shout slogans in front of
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Same-sex marriage supporters shout slogans in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. (March 26, 2013)

Waving American and rainbow flags, hundreds of gay
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Waving American and rainbow flags, hundreds of gay marriage supporters rally outside the court along with a smaller group of opponents. (March 26, 2013)

A supporter of same-sex marriage holds U.S. flags
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A supporter of same-sex marriage holds U.S. flags in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. (March 26, 2013)

Waving U.S. and rainbow flags, hundreds of gay-marriage
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Waving U.S. and rainbow flags, hundreds of gay-marriage supporters braved the cold to rally outside the court along with a smaller group of opponents, some pushing strollers. (March 26, 2013)

Same-sex marriage supporters shout slogans in front of
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Same-sex marriage supporters shout slogans in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Some slept outside in hopes of witnessing the historic hearing. (March 26, 2013)

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Same-sex marriage supporters shout slogans in front of
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Same-sex marriage supporters shout slogans in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. (March 26, 2013)

Same-sex marriage supporters talk with same-sex marriage opponents
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Same-sex marriage supporters talk with same-sex marriage opponents in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. (March 26, 2013)

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