WASHINGTON – Rulings on same sex marriage are expected to come down as today is the last day in session for the Supreme Court.
The decision will determine the constitutionality of laws banning gay marriage, mainly California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Prop 8 defines marriage as only between one man and one woman. DOMA currently denies same sex couples who are legally married on a state level to receive tax and entitlement benefits offered to heterosexual couples.
There are many possible outcomes ranging from a broad decision proclaiming a fundamental right for gays to marry, which most experts say is unlikely, to more narrow decisions that are limited in scope.
A recent study shows growing support among Americans for gay marriage but division among the 50 states. Currently, 12 states recognize gay marriage, more than 30 states prohibit it and the remaining states have laws somewhere in between.
Same sex marriage is legal in New York.
The Supreme Court convenes at 10 a.m.