Calif. gay marriage argument at high court

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Some people have been waiting outside the Supreme Court since Thursday -- including some who were paid to hold spots in line for others -- for the Supreme Court arguments on gay marriage that are now getting under way.

Actor and director Rob Reiner, who helped lead the fight against California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, was at the head of the line this morning.

Both sides of the case are represented among demonstrators outside the court.

It's the Supreme Court's first examination of gay rights in 10 years.

Tomorrow, the court will take up the part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that prevents same-sex couples who are legally married from receiving a range of federal tax, pension and other benefits that otherwise are available to heterosexual married people.

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