The Supreme Court will continue to hear on Wednesday arguments for and against gay marriage when it convenes to discuss the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman when it comes to federal matters such as taxation, etc.
The plaintiff in the case is 83-year-old Edith Windsor, who lived with her partner Thea Spyer in New York City for more than four decades. She sued the federal government after she was forced to pay $363,053 in estate taxes when Spyer died in 2009 — because DOMA didn't recognize their marriage as legitimate.
On Tuesday, the Court heard arguments for and against Proposition 8, a 2008 voter-passed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages in the State of California. However, a decision for both cases in not expected until the early summer.