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Seats At Supreme Court Gay Marriage Hearing Selling For Thousands

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Members of the Supreme Court sit for their official photo. (Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images)

Members of the Supreme Court sit for their official photo. (Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) — The most expensive ticket to “The Book of Mormon” on Broadway: $477. The face value of a great seat for this year’s Super Bowl: $1,250. Guaranteed seats to watch the U.S. Supreme Court hear this week’s gay marriage cases: about $6,000.

Tickets to the two arguments that begin Tuesday are technically free. But getting them requires lining up days or hours ahead, or paying someone else to. The first people got in line Thursday, bringing the price of saving a seat to around $6,000.

For some, putting a value on the seats is meaningless.

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay rights organization, began employing two people to stand in line Thursday. Spokesman Fred Sainz said attaching a value to attending is, “just not possible.”

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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