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.
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.