|Supreme Court ruling could make gay marriage legal in every state|
The justices said they would hear a combined case about marriage bans in four states.
But a high court ruling on the cases could fully legalise gay marriage in the US.
The court previously struck down a US law preventing federal recognition of marriages in states allowing same-sex unions.
After that ruling, a wave of decisions in the regional federal appeals courts ended numerous state gay marriage bans.
Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia now issue marriage licences to same-sex couples. Fourteen state bans remain.
On Friday, the justices said they would take up cases from gay and lesbian plaintiffs in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
|Gay rights supporters outside the US Supreme Court building in Washington, DC |
26 June 2013
The US high court previously declined to intervene in cases that had made it to the appeals court level, effectively allowing marriages to go forward.
During two-and-a-half hours of arguments, the justices will consider two related questions - whether the US constitution requires states to issue marriage licences to gay and lesbian couples and whether states must recognise such marriages performed in other states.
The case will be argued in April and a decision is expected by late June.
Anyone care to take a guess at which way this will go? I'm confused now, should I be buying rainbow flags or ISIS flags? When ISIS comes, how do you think that will work out for gays?
Forget ISIS and remember what God did to the last place that gave itself over so completely to homosexuality. That time is rapidly approaching.