Supreme Court to Weigh Gay Marriage

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A same-sex couple kiss as they pick up their marriage license at the Miami-Dade County Clerk of Courts office in Miami, Florida, January 5, 2015. REUTERS/Javier Galeano

The United States Supreme Court will consider whether the Constitution requires states to recognize same-sex marriage. The Court accepted four separate cases from Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and Kentucky and consolidated them into a single case. It will hear arguments in April and issue its decision in June.

Review of the issue by the Court became a near-certainty after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Cincinnati, Ohio, upheld bans on same-sex marriage in four states. Courts in the Fourth, Seventh, Ninth and Tenth circuits have all ruled against bans on same-sex marriages. With the federal courts split, the Supreme Court must now step in to resolve the issue.

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