March 13, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A discussion by Supreme Court justices about walking away from a case challenging California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage offers a rare glimpse at the court's opaque internal workings.
Justice Anthony Kennedy was among those who suggested that the court could get rid of the case without deciding anything about same-sex unions.
His comment came after months of buildup and a mountain of legal briefs.
The court on Wednesday concluded two days of arguments involving gay marriage. Wednesday's argument was over a constitutional challenge to a portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
A majority of the court appeared likely to rule that legally married gay couples should be able to receive a range of benefits that the law currently reserves for straight married couples.