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Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage

By Danielle Haynes
Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage
A gay rights supporters rallies in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C on, June 26, 2013. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on same-sex marriage in four cases this summer. File photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI. | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday it will take up four cases on same-sex marriage with a possible ruling expected this summer.

The court said it intends to rule on whether the Fourteenth Amendment allows same-sex couples to marry and whether it requires states to recognize the out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples.

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Parties representing each case will make oral arguments in April, with a final ruling expected in the summer, likely late June.

Thirty-six states now allow same-sex marriages, with South Dakota being the latest to overturn a ban. Fourteen states ban same-sex marriage, including Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan and Ohio, the states challenged in the four Supreme Court cases.

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