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Evolving awareness is cause for same-sex-marriage optimism in court
Evolving awareness is cause for same-sex-marriage optimism in court

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Ohio case of Obergefell vs. Hodges, as well as three related cases from Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee. The court is then expected to decide whether the Constitution requires states to grant gay people the same rights in marriage as straight people. Most court watchers believe that the justices will rule in favor of marriage equality. But just a few years ago, this now widely anticipated result seemed almost completely out of reach. During my career, I have had two opportunities to argue for the constitutional right of gay couples to marry. The first time was before New York's highest court in 2006. We lost. The second was...

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