California’s gay marriage case: What you need to know

In this photo taken Aug. 4, 2010, same-sex marriage supporters gather outside a federal building and wait for a judge's decision overturning California's same-sex marriage ban in San Francisco. A federal appeals court put same-sex weddings in California on hold indefinitely Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, while it considers the constitutionality of the state's gay marriage ban. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Hollingsworth v. Perry: What you need to know

The Supreme Court will hear arguments today (Tuesday, March 26) on a gay marriage case known as Hollingsworth v. Perry.Here's what you need to know: What is the argument about? (AP) The case is about whether a ban on gay marriage in the California state constitution violates the federal constitution's guarantees of equal protection for gays and lesbians in that state. More broadly, it's about whether similar amendments in other states are also unconstitutional. How did we get to this …

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