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Supreme Court justices cautious on gay marriage

Several appear wary of moving too fast on issue

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices considered the deepest meanings of marriage Tuesday and the civil-rights consequences of denying lesbians and gays the benefits of matrimony, even as some of the justices questioned during oral arguments whether Americans are ready for the nation’s highest court to settle the emotional, rapidly evolving issue.

As the court kicked off two days of historic deliberations on gay marriage, drawing supporters and opponents to the courthouse steps, the possible swing vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy, struck a cautious note. He questioned the wisdom of upholding or overturning California’s Proposition 8 constitutional amendment, which banned the practice in the state.

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