Supreme Court Agrees to Rule On Gay Marriage

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gay marriage1WASHINGTON, DC — “It’s about time!” That’s the response from Americans after learning the Friday that the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to resolve the national debate on same-sex 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.

┬áIn October, the court refused to hear several gay marriage cases — but this time is different. The lower federal courts across the country are now divided on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans.

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.

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