The Supreme Court heard two same-sex marriage cases this week. On Tuesday, the Court took up a challenge to California's proposition 8 law. Wednesday, the court hears a case on the constitutionality of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.
In United States v. Windsor, the court hears arguments on whether DOMA, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman, violates the fifth amendment.
At issue in the case is whether same-sex spouses in states that legally recognize gay marriage should be afforded the federal benefits of being married. The Obama Administration has stopped defending the act, so the Justices will hear from three parties, including an attorney hired by House Republicans to argue in favor of DOMA.