High court to hear gay marriage cases in April


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right
to marry under the Constitution.
The justices said Friday they will review an appellate ruling that upheld bans on same-sex unions in four
The case will be argued in April and a decision is expected by late June.
Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee are among the 14 states where gay and lesbian couples are not
allowed to marry.
The number of states that permit same-sex marriage has nearly doubled in three months as a result of
federal and state court rulings. The justices’ decision to turn away same-sex marriage appeals in
October allowed some of those rulings to take effect. Florida last week became the 36th state to issue
marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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