US Supreme Court hears arguments on Gay marriage

The US Supreme Court is hearing arguments in favour of same sex marriages but after two days of proceedings, it looks unlikely that the gay rights movement will get the endorsement it seeks.
  • Gay pride flags at the US Supreme Court on Wednesday. The Court takes up the delicate and divisive issue of gay marriage when the nine justices consider the legality of a California ballot initiative that limits marriage to opposite-sex couples. AFP
  • Protesters against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in front of the US Supreme Court. On the second day of the arguments, a majority of the court raised serious concerns with the DOMA, enacted in 1996 under President Bill Clinton. Reuters
  • A gay couple outside the US Supreme Court. US President Barack Obama, along with many members of Congress - Democrats and Republicans as well as former President Bill Clinton, have endorsed gay marriage. Reuters
  • Supporters of gay marriage in San Francisco. According to a Reuters’ story it is likely that the US Supreme Court will not rule that gay people need special constitutional protection from discrimination and also declare a nationwide right to same-sex marriage. Reuters
  • Edith Windsor of New York, a plaintiff of the US vs Windsor case challenging the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, speaks to reporters in Washington outside the US Supreme Court. AP
  • US Supreme Court’s move to strike down the law that denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples would reflect a shift in Americans’ attitudes about gay marriage and mark a major step in the civil rights movement. AFP