Supreme Court to hear Prop 8 arguments Tuesday

March 25, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Supreme Court is wading into the fight over same-sex marriage at a time when public opinion is shifting rapidly in favor of permitting gay and lesbian couples to wed, but 40 states don't allow it.

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The court's first major examination of gay rights in 10 years begins Tuesday with a hearing on California's ban on same-sex marriage. On Wednesday, the justices will consider the federal law that prevents legally married gay couples from receiving a range of benefits afforded straight married Americans.

People have been waiting in line - even through light snow - since Thursday for coveted seats for the argument over California's Proposition 8.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.