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US Supreme Court will hear gay marriage cases from four states on April 28

US Supreme Court will hear gay marriage cases from four states on April 28

The US Supreme Court announced today that it will hear oral arguments on same-sex marriage cases from four states on 28 April.

The cases, filed out Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, are expected to settle the marriage equality issue nationwide.

The high court will hear cases where federal judges had struck down marriage bans but those decisions were reversed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

The Court is expected to issue a decision by the end of June 2015.

‘We are poised to make our case to the Supreme Court and are ready for this next chapter in the history of the freedom to marry in this country,’ Susan Sommer, director of constitutional Litigation at Lambda Legal which is involved in the Ohio cases. ‘In less than two months we will be before the Court to argue that same-sex couples and their families can’t wait any longer for justice,’ Sommer added.

Dr. Valeria Tanco, one pf the Tennessee plaintiffs, said in a statement: ‘We’re hopeful the Court will recognize that our family is like other families in Tennessee. Even though we were married when we moved to Tennessee, Tennessee doesn’t see us as a family or give us any of the legal protections that other married couples have. We are grateful to have this chance to explain to the Court why this discrimination hurts us and our daughter.’

Last October, the justices passed on reviewing five other marriage cases which had pro-marriage decisions from federal appellate courts.

But the 6th Circuit’s ruling causing a split in the circuits and it was widely expected the Supreme Court would get involved this time to decide the issue for the nation.

The cases will be heard at a time that same-sex marriage is legal in 37 states plus the District of Columbia.

Since the US Supreme Court gutted the Defense of Marriage Act in June 2013, there have been nearly 60 rulings in state and federal court that have found marriage bans to be unconstitutional.