(Bloomberg) — A majority of Supreme Court justices cast doubt on the constitutionality of a federal law defining marriage as a heterosexual union, hinting at a ruling that might bolster the drive toward letting gays marry nationwide.

On the second day of arguments over one of the country’s most polarizing issues, Justice Anthony Kennedy, the likely swing vote, suggested he viewed the federal government as overstepping its authority with the law, which limits the benefits available to gay couples.

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