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U.S. Supreme Court agrees to rule on same-sex marriage

The United States Supreme Court on Friday agreed to end the national debate over the same-sex marriage for the last time. They will be considering four cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee and will be condensed into one case. They will hear 2 1/2 hours of oral arguments in April and issue a ruling before the current term ends in late June. Advocates for traditional marriage want the court to let the political process play out, rather than have judge’s order states to allow same-sex couples to marry. The court said it would decide whether states can refuse to issue same sex-marriage licenses and whether they can refuse to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed elsewhere.

The issue comes before the court after a wave of lower court rulings struck down marriage bans in nearly 60 separate cases. Thirty-six states now permit gay people to get married, covering roughly 70 percent of the U.S. population. Court decisions on hold have struck down bans in five other states. The court is allowing more time for arguments, increasing from an hour to two-and-a-half hours. The court will have to answer two questions…Read More at Examiner.com

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