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Supreme Court justices appear divided in historic gay marriage arguments

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Supreme Court justices appeared sharply divided Tuesday as historic arguments on gay marriage ended, with one pivotal justice asking tough questions of both sides. 

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often is seen as the swing vote, said gay marriage has been debated for only a decade and wondered aloud whether scholars and the public need more time. He said marriage has been understood as one man and one woman for “millennia-plus time.” 

Supreme Court set to hear same sex marriage arguments

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear arguments in highly anticipated cases about the right of same-sex couples to marry.

Just two years ago, the high court struck down part of the federal law that denied a range of government benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

The 2013 United States v. Windsor decision did not address the validity of state marriage bans. But lower courts judges across the country, with few exceptions, said the ruling compelled them to invalidate state laws that prohibited gay and lesbian couples from marrying.

Kerry to Congress: 'Hold Your Fire' on Nuke Deal

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Secretary of State John Kerry is urging congressional opponents of the emerging nuclear deal with Iran to "hold their fire" until they see a final agreement in two months.

"The whole purpose of the sanctions was to have a negotiation; now we're having that negotiation and I think we've earned the right through what we've achieved in the interim agreement," Kerry said.