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Supreme Court set to decide national debate on gay marriage
Supreme Court set to decide national debate on gay marriage

Setting the stage for its most significant ruling on gay rights, the U.S. Supreme Court said Friday that it would resolve the two-decade legal battle over same-sex marriage. The justices agreed to hear cases from Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee, where state officials are defending laws that limit marriage to a man and a woman. The court set aside 2 1/2 hours of arguments in April — compared with the usual hourlong session — with a decision expected by the end of June. The outcome could be a landmark ruling giving gay and lesbian couples a right to marry nationwide under the Constitution’s protections for individual liberty and equal treatment. In an order...

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