BY BRADY MCCOMBS AND NICHOLAS RICCARDI
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Thursday's hearing in Denver was the second of two hearings on gay marriage that were weighted with legal significance. The cases are the first time an appellate court has considered the ramifications of last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The hearing on the legality of Oklahoma's gay marriage ban came one week after a three-judge panel heard a similar case originating from Utah.
Gay rights activists have won eight lower court cases since the Supreme Court ruling, and expectations are high that the nation's highest court eventually will rule that gays can marry in every state. But a lot can happen before then.
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