Here, she leaves the courthouse after watching arguments over the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.
From left, attorney David Boies, plaintiffs Sandra Stier, Kris Perry, Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami, and attorney Theodore B.
One case involves plaintiff Edith "Edie" Windsor, right, who was forced to assume an estate tax bill much larger than married heterosexual couples would have to pay after her decades-long same-sex partner died.
The federal government did not recognize Windsor's marriage in legal terms, even though her home state of New York did.
Olson exit together from the Supreme Court after their case against California's Proposition 8 was argued on Tuesday, March 26.
Washington (CNN) -- As partisans argued pointedly over same-sex marriage outside the U. Supreme Court, justices inside hinted at their disparate views on the hot-button issue -- though it's far from clear how they will rule. In the case argued Tuesday and another to be heard on Wednesday, the nine justices could fundamentally alter how American law treats marriage.
The overriding legal question in the California case, Hollingsworth v.
Perry (12-144), is whether the Constitution's 14th Amendment guarantee of equal protection under the law prevents states from defining marriage as that state has.
Hear and read the arguments in full Toobin was among those who followed 80 minutes of arguments Tuesday over California's Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage.Voters approved the proposal 52% to 48% in November 2008, less than six months after the state Supreme Court ruled marriage is a fundamental right that must be extended to same-sex couples.