CNN Radio News Day: March 27, 2013
Two same sex couple kiss in front anti gay protesters at the US Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court, for the first time, takes up the delicate and divisive issue of gay marriage when the nine justices consider the legality of a California ballot initiative that limits marriage to opposite-sex couples. Wednesday, the court will consider the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which limits the definition of marriage to opposite-sex couples.
March 27th, 2013
04:37 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: March 27, 2013

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  • The Supreme Court has wrapped-up its second day of oral arguments over gay marriage. On Tuesday, the justices tackled California's ban on same-sex marriage – Proposition 8. Today they turned to the national issue, examining the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA. It's the federal law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. CNN' legal expert Jeffery Toobin was in court today:

"It looks like there are five votes to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act. Anthony Kennedy, the swing vote so often, really seemed to believe that the law invaded state's rights to regulate marriage. And if he joins the four democratic appointees, DOMA is gone..."

  • 31 detainees at the Guantanamo Bay Prison Camp have stopped eating.  They're on a hunger strike that started with a search of personal items back in February. Some of the inmates claim a Quran was mishandled, an accusation military officials strongly deny. In recent testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, the head of the  U.S. Southern Command, Marine Corps General John F. Kelly, pointed to a more fundamental reason:

"They had great optimism that Guantanamo would be closed.  They were devastated when the President backed off, at least their perception, of closing the facility."

  • Tensions are high in Kenya after recent general elections there. Voting on March 4 gave a narrow victory to Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of the country's founding leader. Kenyatta won despite facing charges of crimes against humanity. His main rival, prime minister Raila Odinga, challenged the outcome in Kenya's supreme court. This uncertainty follows what happened five years ago, when 1,200 Kenyans were killed in riots sparked by a similar close and contested vote. CNN's Nima Elbagir is in Nairobi, Kenya:

"This is an election that is being watched across the world. Kenya is considered an anchor state for regional stability, regional economies, but it's also at the forefront against the fight against terror in this part of the world."

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