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Police stand guard in front of the Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in... Fotografía de noticiasCuerpo de policía,Derecho,EE.UU.,Guardar,Horizontal,Lugar famoso internacional,Palacio de la justicia,Sistema jurídico,Tribunal Supremo de los Estados Unidos,Tribunal supremo,Washington DCPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPPolice stand guard in front of the Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. The US Supreme Court tackled same-sex unions for a second day Wednesday, hearing arguments for and against the 1996 US law defining marriage as between one man and one woman. After the nine justices mulled arguments on a California law outlawing gay marriage on Tuesday, they took up a challenge to the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The 1996 law prevents couples who have tied the knot in nine states -- where same-sex marriage is legal -- from enjoying the same federal rights as heterosexual couples. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)