Tara Mergener (CBS News) - Supporters of same-sex marriage are rallying around the country as the U.S. Supreme Court gets ready to hear the Proposition 8 arguments.
A small group spent the night in front of the Supreme Court. They're willing to wait at least two days to potentially be part of history -- witnessing arguments on same-sex marriage this week. Justices will first focus on California's Proposition 8, which states only a marriage between a man and a woman is recognized in the state.
Supporters of same-sex marriage insist there is a fundamental right to wed, a point disputed by the legal team defending the law. "Fundamental rights are those at are deeply rooted in our nation's history and tradition. Same sex marriage is not deeply rooted in our nation's history and traditions," said Austin Nimocks of Alliance Defending Freedom.
On Wednesday the court will consider whether the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional. It denies federal benefits to same-sex couples. "This ultimately is not about marriage; it is not about the marriage alter. It's about fundamentally altering society," said Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council.
The District of Columbia and nine states currently recognize same sex marriage.
The Supreme Court is not expected to issue its rulings until at least late June.
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