Supreme Court Agrees to Rule On Gay Marriage
The justices agreed to consider four cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. They will be consolidated and heard together in April. A ruling is expected by June.
Earlier this month Florida became the 36th state in the country, in addition to the District of Columbia, to allow gay marriage.
On June 26, 2013 — in its first rulings on gay marriage — the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a victory to gay rights advocates by rejecting parts of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act in a 5-4 decision. The court ruled legally married gay couples are entitled to the same federal benefits as male-female married couples.
However, it stopped short of a nationwide ruling that would have made gay marriage legal in every state.