Supreme Court justices are wrapping up a second day of arguments on gay marriage -- focusing today on a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage act that was struck down by lower courts.
It withholds some federal benefits from gay married couples that are given to opposite-sex couples.
For a second day, demonstrators are outside the Supreme Court. Today's crowd is somewhat smaller than yesterday's, and includes mostly gay marriage supporters holding American and rainbow flags.
Yesterday's case involved California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage. The justices indicated they might avoid a major national ruling on whether gays have a right to marry. But even without a significant ruling, the court appears headed for a resolution that would mean gay marriages could resume in California.
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