The Supreme Court asked skeptical questions Tuesday of former Reagan administration lawyer Charles J. Cooper about his assertion that California’s ban on gay marriage should be upheld.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. questioned Cooper as to whether his clients had standing to challenge lower court decisions overturning Proposition 8.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen as the swing vote on the issue, asked about the rights of children whose parents are already married.

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Cooper was the first lawyer to speak as the justices began hearing arguments on whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry in a California case that could transform the law nationwide.

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