Supreme Court to hear high profile same-sex marriage cases, Defense Marriage Act and Proposition 8

WASHINGTON D.C. - Advocates of same-sex marriage have been camped out in front of the nation's capital since Thursday in hopes of getting seats inside the Supreme Court this week.

Supreme Court Justices are set to hear arguments in two cases concerning same-sex marriage – California's Proposition 8 and the Defense Marriage Act or DOMA.

Those camped out in front of the capitol are vying for about 250 general public seats for each case.

Proposition 8 is a 2008 referendum that banned same-sex marriage the California's highest court ruled it legal.

DOMA is the federal law that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman.

The Supreme Court takes on the issue of gay marriage this week, with arguments on Tuesday and Wednesday.

One case is a challenge to California's law banning same-sex marriages.

The other takes on DOMA, which blocks federal benefits to same-sex spouses.

Taken together, these cases give the high court an opportunity to settle some of the most controversial questions surrounding gay marriage rights.

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