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Why Is the Federal Govt. in the Marriage Business?
A same-sex marriage supporter waves a rainbow flag in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC, as the Court takes up the issue of gay marriage. The US Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments on the emotionally charged issue of gay marriage as it considers arguments that it should make history and extend equal rights to same-sex couples. Waving US and rainbow flags, hundreds of gay marriage supporters braved the cold to rally outside the court along with a smaller group of opponents, some pushing strollers. Some slept outside in hopes of witnessing the historic hearing. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

Why Is the Federal Govt. in the Marriage Business?

"Real News" tries to figure it out.

The Supreme Court heard arguments regarding same-sex marriage for a second day Wednesday, looking at the case of Windsor v. United States and the Defense of Marriage Act. The case involves a lesbian couple married in Canada that moved to New York where one partner died, and because the pair was never legally married in the eyes of the federal government, the partner pays taxes for the house she was left that a opposite-sex partner would not pay for.

The attorney for the plaintiff intends to argue that the 14th amendment guarantees all citizens equal protection and that the government has to have a “good reason” to distinguish between gay and straight couples.

On 'Real News' Wednesday the panel discussed what that "good reason" could be, what implications may come if the court declares the government prohibiting same-sex marriage unconstitutional, and what the government is doing in the marriage business in the first place. Watch a clip below with Ryan T. Anderson. Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and co-author of "What is Marriage? Man & Woman: A Defense."

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