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Transcript and audio: Supreme Court gay marriage arguments

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A majority of Supreme Court justices questioned the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act in the second day of gay marriage arguments before the nation's high court.

As that debate rages, Illinois Republicans are increasingly realizing that they must reconsider their stance on the issue. Meanwhile, gay rights advocates say if the Supreme Court strikes down a section of DOMA, it will be more imperative for the state to legalize gay marriage, allowing equal rights and access to benefits allowed to married couples.

A vote on the matter in the Illinois Legislature is expected before the session is out.

Audio of U.S. Supreme Court arguments on DOMA

Transcript: Supreme Court on DOMA

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