The arguments offered the first public indication of where the justices stand in the dispute over whether states can continue defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, or whether the Constitution gives gay and lesbian couples the right to marry.
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Providence Hospitals in Columbia has acknowledged it is looking for the proper pairing with another health care entity or entities, but when asked Friday about speculation on an imminent sale, the hospital issued the same statement it has for months.