The U.S. Supreme Court has a busy docket in the battle over same-sex marriage next week. Here's the schedule of what is coming up:
Tuesday: The court has scheduled one hour of legal arguments in the legal challenge to Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage.
Theodore Olson, U.S. Solicitor General during the Bush administration, will argue for couples challenging the law, sharing time with current Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who will argue against the law for the Obama administration. Charles Cooper will argue for backers of Proposition 8.
Wednesday: The court has scheduled 90 minutes of arguments in the challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples. Former Solicitor General Paul Clement will argue for House Republicans who are defending the law. Attorney Roberta Kaplan will argue for Edith Windsor, a New York woman challenging the law, along with Verrilli, who will also argue the law is unconstitutional.
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