The Supreme Court has announced that it will hear the federal challenge to California's voter-approved same-sex marriage ban. This will be the first time the high court has heard a marriage equality case. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Judge Vaughn Walker's landmark 2010 decision striking down Proposition 8 as unconstitutional. Any favorable ruling is expected to be narrow and limited to California.
The court will also hear one of several challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA Section Three prohibits federal recognition of legallly married same-sex couples and denies all federal benefits, such as Social Security, penion benefits, prefential tax treatment and health care.