Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage cases on April 28

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The Supreme Court will hear arguments on April 28 on whether states can ban same-sex marriage.

Justices agreed in January to definitively decide whether the Constitution permits states to ban same-sex marriage.

The case is expected to be a defining moment in the battle for same-sex marriage in the United States – and could even see same-sex marriage in all 50 states by the end of the year.

Thirty seven states currently allow same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court will hear 2 1/2 hours of oral arguments on the issue and will release transcripts of the arguments later that day.

This week, the Alabama Supreme Court issued an order directing probate judges to stop marrying gay couples. Legal experts said the ruling had ‘no legal authority’.

Last month, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia claimed that he was not anti-gay. He has consistently dissented from pro-gay court rulings.

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has said she thinks the US was ready for same-sex marriage. She said “it would not take a large adjustment” for Americans to accept that marriage was a constitutional right for gay and lesbian couples.