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Supreme Court to take on same-sex marriage again

Pete Prete of Equality Beyond Gender holds a
Pete Prete of Equality Beyond Gender holds a "marriage pride flag" outside the U.S. Supreme Court January 9, 2015 in Washington, DC.
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The Supreme Court said Friday it’ll take on the issue of same-sex marriage again, two years after it dismissed the Prop. 8 case and struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act. The issue at stake this time is whether states can outlaw same-sex marriage.

Justices will hear arguments in April on four cases concerning four states. The two cases from Ohio and Tennessee ask whether states that ban gay marriage have to recognize marriages performed in other states. The case from Michigan seeks to overturn that state’s ban on gay marriage. The case from Kentucky involves both issues.

Same-sex marriage is legal in 36 states and the District of Columbia.

A decision is expected by June.


Greg Stohr, Supreme Court reporter, Bloomberg News, and author of “A Black and White Case: How Affirmative Action Survived Its Greatest Legal Challenge” (Bloomberg Press, 2006)