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Stephen Colbert: When did gay marriage become a constitutional right?

On Thursday night's episode of the "Colbert Report," satiric news man Stephen Colbert grilled Slate's Emily Bazelon on the Supreme Court hearings on the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8.

They covered how the justices are likely to vote (Bazelon thinks DOMA is going down,) the rights of people who enter into a same-sex marriage in one state but move to another state, and other related issues.

But perhaps most interesting was Colbert posing the same question to Bazelon that Justice Scalia posed to Ted Olsen: When did gay marriage become a constitutional right?

Bazelon said there was no specific date, but before she could go any further, in true Colbert fashion he answered the question himself.

It was Sept. 19, 2005, the premiere of "How I Met Your Mother."

"Because," said Colbert, "Neil Patrick Harris plays a super straight horn-dog and we buy it."

Well Justices, are you planning to take that into account?

Read more:
However court rules, gay marriage debate won't end
Gay marriage at high court: How a case can fizzle
Gay marriage case's Edie Windsor: marriage 'magic'

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Alyssa Kleven is an editor and content producer at MyNorthwest.com. She enjoys doting over her adorable dachshund Winnie - named for Arcade Fire front-man Win Butler.

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