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Supreme Court to hear arguments regarding same-sex marriage

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WASHINGTON – Demonstrators are already lined up outside the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices hear arguments on whether states must allow same-sex marriage.

The last time the court weighed in on same-sex marriage was two years ago.

At that time, the justices struck down part of the federal law that denied benefits to gay couples.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard from couples who say their legal marriages in one state were not recognized in another.

The court will decide if “equal protection” mandates marriage be allowed for same-sex couples in all states.

Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer sued for the right to adopt each other’s kids. Rowse says a close call made her realize that she would not be allowed to raise April’s daughter if something happened to her.

“She loses me and her brothers, and that’s what really scared us the most was that possibility that they could be ripped apart,” Rowse said.

However, opponents argue that it is up to each state to decide.

“The Supreme Court justices have no greater insight into how to answer that question than you or I have,” said Ryan Anderson, with the Heritage Foundation.

A new poll finds that 58 percent of American support same-sex marriage.

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