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Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage cases from Calif., N.Y.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will take on the issue of gay marriage next year on two critical fronts: In one case it will decide whether same-sex married couples can be deprived of federal benefits, and in another it will review a state ban on same-sex marriage, raising the possibility it will find all such bans unconstitutional.

The nation’s highest court agreed Friday to review an appeals court decision that challenges the constitutionality of a 1996 federal law defining marriage as a union solely between one man and one woman, barring legally married gay couples from receiving federal benefits such as spousal disability, Social Security, and family medical leave.

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