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No Supreme Court decision on Prop 8 today

Monday, June 17, 2013
**FILE** In this file photo from June 17, 2008, John Lewis, left, puts a wedding ring on the hand of Stuart Gaffney as they exchange marriage vows at City Hall in San Francisco.

FIL E -- In this file photo from June 17, 2008, John Lewis, left, puts a wedding ring on the hand of Stuart Gaffney as they exchange marriage vows at City Hall in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Darryl Bush, file)

The U.S. Supreme Court will not issue decisions today on two major cases involving gay rights.

One is California's same-sex marriage ban Prop 8 that was struck down by a federal judge. If the Supreme Court upholds that decision, same-sex marriage could begin again in California. Justices could also use the case to legalize same sex marriage across the country.

The other decision is on a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act. It's a federal law that defines marriage as being only between a man and a woman. The law prevents married gay couples from receiving a number of federal benefits.

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