The Supreme Court has decided to hear two cases on same-sex marriage — California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages, and a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act. What unfolds could well be one of those rare, exceptionally consequential moments in American history, on par with the civil rights cases that culminated in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 — or perhaps, more grimly, 1857’s Dred Scott decision.
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