Several justices seemed to be looking for ways to avoid a sweeping ruling — or perhaps even a ruling at all — as they debated California's statewide ban on same-sex marriage.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court's traditional swing vote, said the court is being asked to head “into uncharted waters,” for better or worse.
The justices did not seem especially inclined to uphold California's ban on gay marriage.
Kennedy, along with the court's more liberal justices, expressed some level of basic support for same-sex marriage.
Read more on the Supreme Court's oral arguments Tuesday in a challenge to California's Proposition 8 — the state ballot initiative passed in 2008 that prohibits same-sex marriage.
Read the complete transcript below: