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Supreme Court, in Alabama case, may have shown its hand on gay marriage
Supreme Court, in Alabama case, may have shown its hand on gay marriage

The Supreme Court on Monday gave its strongest signal yet that the legal fight for nationwide gay marriage has been won even before the issue is argued in April. The justices, with only two dissenting votes, turned down Alabama’s plea to delay same-sex marriages, clearing the way for gay couples to seek marriage licenses for the first time in the Deep South. A federal judge in Alabama had struck down in January the state’s law limiting marriage to a man and a woman. Normally, a state might have expected the high court to temporarily block the judge’s decision from taking effect, since the justices had agreed to rule by June on whether gays and lesbians have a...

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