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Same sex couple responds to marriage issue before Supreme Court

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The nation's highest court is hearing arguments this week on two cases that could redefine the legal definition of marriage.

The justices are hearing arguments on whether California's Proposition 8 law which bans same sex marriage is constitutional. The are also hearing arguments about the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

During arguments Tuesday several justices raised doubts about if the case should be before them.  Justice Anthony Kennedy suggested it could be dismissed without a ruling.

Some same sex couples in West Virginia are closely watching coverage of the issue to find out what is being said and how it will affect them.

"It is hard to walk through life and feel like a second class citizen because of who you love," said Jennifer O'Dell, who has been dating her girlfriend Candyce for two years. They got engaged this past November.

"We could go somewhere now and get married but it is not recognized where we live," O'Dell said. "This is where our families are. This is where our homes are and our lives. I would love to see it recognized here."

We contacted the Family Policy Council of West Virginia who has been openly against same sex marriage. They were not available to comment on their thoughts about the Supreme Court's activities Tuesday. However their website states they believe marriage is a lifelong commitment between one man and one woman and that government should promote and encourage strong families by strengthening marriage.