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Same-sex couples descended on county clerk offices around the state of Utah, including the Salt Lake County office, to request marriage licenses in this Dec. 22, 2013 file photo.

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Same-sex couples descended on county clerk offices around the state of Utah, including the Salt Lake County office, to request marriage licenses in this Dec. 22, 2013 file photo.

Holder: Utah Same-Sex Marriages ‘Lawful’

Federal marital benefits will be conferred on about 1,000 same-sex couples married in Utah before the unions were put on hold this week by the Supreme Court, the Justice Department announced today. In a video posted on the Justice Department’s...

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Mollie Wagoner, of Maryland, second right, and Sharon Burk, of New Jersey, celebrate after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and declined to rule on the California law Proposition 8 in Washington, D.C., on June 26, 2013.

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Mollie Wagoner, of Maryland, second right, and Sharon Burk, of New Jersey, celebrate after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and declined to rule on the California law Proposition 8 in Washington, D.C., on June 26, 2013.

Bill, Hillary Clinton on DOMA Ruling: ‘A More Perfect Union’

Bill Clinton, elected president in 1992, signed the law in 1996. He walked away from it this year. Hillary Clinton, considering a campaign for president in 2016, made her own sentiments known not long before the Supreme Court today struck...

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Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) leaves after his weekly news conference on June 6, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

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Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) leaves after his weekly news conference on June 6, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

Boehner’s House: $2.3 Mln Defending DOMA in Losing Court Fight

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker: The House has spent $2.3 million defending the Defense of Marriage Act, according to Drew Hammill, spokesman for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California. The House, led by Republican John Boehner of Ohio, had authorized...

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Vin Testa, a supporter of same-sex marriage, waves a rainbow colored flag outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 24, 2013.

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Vin Testa, a supporter of same-sex marriage, waves a rainbow colored flag outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 24, 2013.

SCOTUS: DOMA Done, Prop 8 Dead

Updated at 10:35, 10:55 and 11:31 am EDT The Supreme Court has struck down a federal law restricting benefits for same-sex couples. The court also has cleared the way for gay marriage in California, the first state to legalize it....

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Marriage equality supporters wave flags and signs as they rally in front of the Supreme Court before oral arguments in the United States v. Windsor case, which will test the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act on March 27, 2013.

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Marriage equality supporters wave flags and signs as they rally in front of the Supreme Court before oral arguments in the United States v. Windsor case, which will test the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act on March 27, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 84

That’s the percentage of members of Congress in 1996 who voted for the Defense of Marriage Act barring same-sex couples from claiming federal benefits available to other married couples. President Bill Clinton signed the measure into law after 342 of...

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Gay pride flags at the U.S. Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Gay pride flags at the U.S. Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Wednesday’s Supreme Court Gay Marriage Arguments Live Blog

2:36 p.m. That’ll do it for today’s live blog. The court could issue its decisions in this week’s gay marriage cases at any time. But it’s likely to follow past practice, holding its most contentious cases until the end of the...

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Justin Kenny of Akron, Ohio holds a modified Stars and Stripes flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Justin Kenny of Akron, Ohio holds a modified Stars and Stripes flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 52

That’s the percentage of Americans who have a favorable view of the Supreme Court, according to the Pew Research Center. That compares with 31 percent who have an unfavorable view of the high court, according to interviews conducted March 13-17....

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President Bill Clinton during a campaign rally in Youngstown, Ohio, in this file photo.

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President Bill Clinton during a campaign rally in Youngstown, Ohio, in this file photo.

Bill Clinton’s Mea Culpa on DOMA

Bill Clinton always has had an eye for history. For the most part, he has been a few steps ahead of it. His forging of a middle-ground in political life propelled him to the White House, where his willingness to...

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Darcia Anthony, left, and Danielle Williams react after participating in a wedding ceremony at City Hall in Baltimore, on  Jan. 1, 2013.

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Darcia Anthony, left, and Danielle Williams react after participating in a wedding ceremony at City Hall in Baltimore, on Jan. 1, 2013.

Republican AG’s: Marriage for States

The fact that dozens of prominent Republicans are petitioning the Supreme Court to declare a constitutional right for same-sex marriage doesn’t mean that plenty of Republicans aren’t telling the high court something else. “We believe states ought to have the...

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