The Supreme Court will consider same-sex marriage on Tuesday and Wednesday, hearing historic oral arguments on California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
This high-profile moment has drawn large crowds, with some people lining up as early as Thursday to hear the oral arguments. There are also protesters and demonstrators gathering in the area of the Supreme Court, which is sure to snarl traffic in the vicinity.
Anyone traveling near the court should be prepared for major delays on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Multiple closures on Tuesday morning closed roads around the Capitol and the Supreme Court. The U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms warned that 1st Street (between Constitution and Independence avenues SE) and East Capitol Street (between 1st and 2nd streets NE) were closed due to demonstrators. Eastbound Constitution Avenue was also closed between Third Street NW and 2nd Street NE.
These roads have reopened, but drivers should still avoid driving near the Supreme Court during the arguments. Crowds could lead to additional road closures and traffic headaches while the Court is open. If you can, avoid the area.
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