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Supreme Court is likely to rule on Prop. 8, DOMA on Wednesday

June 25, 2013|By Timothy M. Phelps
  • Meghan Cleary, left, and Sarah Beth Alcabes from Berkeley, Calif., show their support for gay rights in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington.
Meghan Cleary, left, and Sarah Beth Alcabes from Berkeley, Calif., show… (Win McNamee / Getty Images )

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court will likely hand down decisions on the two gay marriage cases Wednesday, the last day of the court’s term.

The court issued a major ruling striking down part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and two smaller cases involving property rights and adoption rights.

But the most intensely awaited decisions will be handed down on the last day of the term amid what is likely to be a media frenzy.

Those cases are expected to decide the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the California referendum banning gay marriage, and a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that blocks legally married gay couples from receiving federal benefits.

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