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Votes May Be There To Strike Down DOMA, But There's A Big 'If'

It's not certain the justices will decide they should rule on the Defense of Marriage Act's constitutionality. But if they do, it looks as though Justice Anthony Kennedy might join the court's four "liberal" judges to strike down the law.

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Maryland Housing Discrimination Debate Centers On Section 8

Maryland lawmakers effectively killed legislation that would make it illegal for landlords to discriminate based on a renter's source of income; the inclusion of Section 8 voucher-holders proved a sticking point.

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Day 1 Didn't Tell Us Too Much About Day 2 Of Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Although gay marriage is again on the docket, Wednesday's legal issue is different. Tuesday was about California's attempt to ban same-sex marriage. On Wednesday, the focus is whether the federal government can deny benefits to legally married same-sex couples.
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At Arguments, Supreme Court Takes Halting Steps Into Gay Marriage Issue

At oral arguments on the constitutionality of California's law banning same-sex marriage, the justices parried over the history of the institution of marriage. They also debated an essential question: Should the case be in the Supreme Court at all?
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Proposition 8 Case Has High Political Stakes For Both Parties

Mara Liasson joins talks to Audie Cornish about the politics of Tuesday's court argument on gay marriage. Public opinion has shifted rapidly in favor on the issue, and the Supreme Court decision this summer on whether states can ban same-sex marriage and whether federal benefits should flow to same sex partners promise to roil the water again.
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Gay Marriage Arguments: Cellphones, The Internet And Fertility Over 55

Five key exchanges in Tuesday's Supreme Court oral arguments on the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state.
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Dan Fagin: "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation"

For two generations, chemical companies in Toms River, N.J., dumped toxic waste. For this month’s Environmental Outlook, Diane and her guest discuss the life of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution.

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