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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday announced it will make audio recordings of next week’s same-sex marriage arguments available for same-day access from its website.

The justices will hear arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry on March 26 and U.S. v. Windsor on March 27.

The court said it will post the audio recordings and the unofficial transcripts as soon as the digital files are available for uploading. The recordings and transcripts should be accessible no later than 1 p.m. on March 26 and 2 p.m. on March 27 through links on the homepage of the court’s website, www.supremecourt.gov.

NBC and other news organizations had requested the same-day access. The court’s usual practice is to make written transcripts available on its website on the same day as the argument, and the audio recordings on the Friday after the arguments.

In Perry, the first marriage case, proponents of California’s ban on same sex marriage, known as Proposition 8, ask whether the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment prohibits California from defining marriage as the union between a man and woman. In Windsor, the justices are asked if section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, defining marriage as the union of a man and woman for all federal purposes, violates the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection.

The court has allotted one hour for arguments in Perry and 110 minutes for the Windsor arguments, with the first 50 minutes devoted to jurisdictional and standing issues.

Contact Marcia Coyle at mcoyle@alm.com.

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