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United States Supreme Court to take up two gay marriage cases

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December 7, 2012

The Supreme Court of United States on Friday has announced that it has agreed to hear a pair of cases on gay marriages that will give the court a chance to rule on whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals. The justices of the Supreme Court on Friday said that they will review a federal appeals court ruling that struck down California state's gay marriage ban. The Appeals court based in San Francisco said that the state does not have the right to take away the same-sex marriage that had been granted by the California's Supreme Court.

The case will also give the chance to the Supreme Court to rule on whether the Congress can deprive federal benefits to legally married couples. The case is likely to be argued in March and a decision on it can be expected in June 2013.

The first case could establish or reject constitutional right to same-sex marriage. The second case challenges a federal law that requires federal government to deny benefits to gay and lesbian couples married in states in which it is allowed.

The Gay marriage is legal, or will soon be legal in nine state of the United States - Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Washington -- and the District of Columbia.

Related Cases / Recent Cases / Case Laws

  • Hollingsworth Vs Perry, No. 12-144
  • United States Vs Windsor, No. 12-307
  • Romer Vs Evans

Related Acts

  • Defense of Marriage Act, 1996
  • Voting Rights Act, 1965