On March 26 and 27, the U.S. Supreme Court heard two separate cases on same-sex marriage. The central claim in both cases is that plaintiffs were denied Equal Protection of the law. In one case (Hollingsworth v. Perry), it is the law excluding same-sex couples from marrying in California - Prop 8 - and in the other (U.S. v. Windsor), it is the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that treats same-sex marriages that are valid under state law from being recognized under any federal law.
The day before these cases were heard, George Washington University Law School presented a panel discussion on each case. The program featured two Washington lawyers who have been active in both the same-sex marriage debate and litigation, Paul Smith and Edward Whelan.