Syracuse (WSYR-TV/CNN) - For the second time in as many days, the Supreme Court Justices heard arguments on same-sex marriage Wednesday.
After a day of arguments concerning Proposition 8 on Tuesday, the court listened to arguments concerned with Congress’ Defense of Marriage Act.
During nearly two hours of oral arguments, the justices considered whether Federal law can deny equal benefits in states where same sex marriage is legal.
Wednesday’s appeal centers on a woman named Edith Windsor, who was forced to assume an estate tax larger than any married heterosexual couple after her wife died and she inherited her property.
Because DOMA defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, Federal taxes, Social Security, pension, and family leave protections do not apply to legally married same-sex couples, even if their marriage is recognized at the state level.
Outside the Supreme Court, Windsor expressed a feeling of accomplishment, after an issue she cares so deeply about reached the nation’s highest court.
“I know that the spirit of my late spouse Thea Speyer is right here watching and listening and would be very proud and happy of where we've come to,” she said.
The Supreme Court is not expected to rule on the case until later this year.