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Other justices today the High Court will hear arguments to overturn a federal law.
That defines marriage between a man and a woman today's hearing comes only a day after the court -- the constitutionality.
Heard the arguments anyway of a voter approved gay marriage ban in California.
That is known as proposition eight here is part of that argument from yesterday.
This year the concern is that -- defining marriage.
As -- -- -- completion.
Will separate -- of fighting and action.
To its historic traditional appropriated purposes and it -- we focus.
Refocus the purpose of marriage and the definition of marriage away from.
The raising of children.
And to the emotional needs and desires.
Of the adults so the -- -- -- went on there and Shannon -- -- -- live on the steps of the Supreme Court.
What's the difference today between.
I guess the arguments today and yesterday can spell that out.
Will -- yesterday we had a state initiative that was at issue poppy -- California voters to demand their constitutes -- only recognize marriage between a man and a woman so the conversation was about.
Do we overturn that democratic process at the court finds that ban is unconstitutional and discriminatory.
Do we tell the voters of California they got it wrong -- we're gonna overrule that today at issue is a federal law the defense of marriage act passed by congress and signed.
Into law by then President Bill Clinton back in the ninety's it essentially says for federal purposes for benefits for IRS and tax purposes.
That marriages only between a man and a woman and so those who live in states where same sex marriage is valid and recognized still under Donald wouldn't get the same benefits and tax breaks.
And tax treatment as.
-- couples who are under traditional marriage or opposite sex marriage in the terminology of the court here.
On the -- cases have a similar problem and that.
After the laws were passed the government's responsible for defending -- not -- in California the attorney general and governor said we're not gonna do it.
Here with dom beat president and the attorney general Eric Holder said they wouldn't -- -- myself.
Other parties have taken up the fight essentially into the court has had to consider yesterday -- will today as well.
Whether those parties on the right wants to bring -- and has a strong possibility that if they don't find there's proper standing for those parties they wanted to get the merits of.
Don't -- defense -- marriage -- on -- 1996 President Bill Clinton.
Once the justices do get to the heart of the case today what is on the line here can.
-- today the woman at the center of this case is Edith Windsor she hadn't married her spouse in Canada where it was legal but they lived in New York.
Which at that time didn't recognize same sex marriage so when her partner passed away she had a very hefty tax bill and it mild virus to be recognized as a spouse but -- don't much she couldn't be.
She will be here today she -- been fighting this case for years to get to this point and as -- noted that.
The administration essentially said we're not going to defend this so what is happened is -- house group up.
Bipartisan -- Republicans and Democrats is taken up the legal defense so they'll be arguing for upholding -- month.
On the half of the Obama administration which is essentially said we find it unconstitutional and we won't.
So a lot of the same issues it's a little bit different but either way we will get the audio today probably between 1 and 2 o'clock eastern and a decision in the case ultimately.
-- -- -- -- all right thank you Shannon Shannon -- in back of the High Court today.
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