ANALYSIS: Supreme Court searches for way around gay marriage

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(RNS) Supporters of gay marriage rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 as the court heard a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act. RNS photo by Kevin Eckstrom.

(RNS) Supporters of gay marriage rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 as the court heard a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act. RNS photo by Kevin Eckstrom.

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WASHINGTON (RNS) Amidst all the usual arguments for and against gay marriage, the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to be grasping for a way to sidestep an up-or-down decision on a divisive social issue.