12/13/2012 08:48 am ET Updated Feb 12, 2013

Supreme Court Could Send Rights Of Gays, Racial Minorities In Opposite Directions

The legal fortunes of gays and racial minorities may move in opposite directions when the U.S. Supreme Court's term reaches its climax in late June.

In agreeing last week to consider two gay-marriage cases, including a fight over California's ban, the justices ensured that the coming months will be pivotal for U.S. civil rights.

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