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DOMA battle: High court hears case on federal benefits for gays

MARK SHERMAN • Mar 27, 2013 at 12:16 PM

WASHINGTON — In a landmark debate over gay marriage, Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative but often a decisive vote, is expressing concern about the impact of a federal law that prevents married gay couples from receiving a range of benefits afforded straight married Americans.

Kennedy's comment came as other conservative justices on the court seemed skeptical about whether they should even proceed with the case over a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act.

The court is hearing arguments in the case Wednesday on its second day of hearings on gay rights issues.

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