Category: Media & Culture / March 26, 2013 11:16 AM EDT
America's top court takes up the delicate and divisive issue of gay marriage on Tuesday (March 26) when the nine Supreme Court justices consider the legality of a California ballot initiative that limits marriage to opposite-sex couples.
Tuesday will be the first of two days of oral arguments on the issue. On Wednesday (March 27), the court will consider the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which limits the definition of marriage to opposite-sex couples.
Rulings in both cases are expected by the end of June.
Kris Perry a plaintiff in the case against proposition 8 commented on the case
"Today I am hopeful. Today I hopeful that we will finally feel the equality and inclusion that will come with the reversal of Proposition 8. Sandy and I look forward to a day when we can celebrate our marriage with our four children and all of the children in California and across the country can feel included and as good as everybody else."
A total of 30 states, including California, have constitutional amendments that ban gay marriage. Nine states, including California, recognize civil unions or domestic partnerships among same-sex couples.