Area couples watch closely as Supreme Court hears two big gay marriage cases

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At a seder in Brooklyn,  on the minds of at least one dinner group, the same sex marriage debate heating up down in Washington. For Jay Michaelson and his husband Paul Daken it means everything.

Jay and Paul married when same sex marriage became legal in New York State, but their marriage isn’t recognized federally meaning they don’t receive federal benefits. A challenge to that law, the defense of marriage act, or DOMA is one of the two cases going before the Supreme Court.

The shouts are growing louder in Washington D.C. on both sides of the debate as the Supreme Court hears both  cases on same sex marriage.

The first arguments for Proposition 8, a law that bans same sex marriage in California  were heard Tuesday morning.

Michelson is an author, and the executive director of a national LGBT Jewish Community, Nehirim. 

He and his husband are watching and hoping the court rules in favor of change. 

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