The Supreme Court this week will dive into the biggest civil rights issue it has faced in a generation — whether same-sex couples have the right to marry.

The court will hear oral arguments Tuesday and Wednesday in a pair of cases with enormous historical implications for the nation, the court and the legacy of Chief Justice John Roberts.

The Roberts court is no stranger to politically charged issues, from campaign finance to healthcare to affirmative action and voting rights. And same-sex marriage is among the most polarizing debates of the past 20 years.

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