Civil Liberties

Supreme Court Adds More Time for Gay Marriage Arguments

Grants an additional 50 minutes to debate federal gay marriage ban


The US Supreme Court said Monday it has decided to lengthen a hearing later this month for oral arguments in the much-anticipated case challenging a federal law that bars gay marriage.

The US high court added 50 minutes to the hour that had already been allotted to hear arguments in the March 27 hearing of United States v. Windsor, on the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

The DOMA law defines marriage exclusively as being between a man and a woman.