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INTERNATIONAL: US Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage

Published:Saturday | January 17, 2015 | 1:10 AM

The US Supreme Court will rule this year on whether gay couples have a right to marry across all states.



The justices said they would hear a combined case about marriage bans in four states.



But a high court ruling on the cases could fully legalise gay marriage in the US.



The court previously struck down a US law preventing federal recognition of marriages in states allowing same-sex unions.



After that ruling, a wave of decisions in the regional federal appeals courts ended numerous state gay marriage bans.



Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia now issue marriage licences to same-sex couples. Fourteen state bans remain.



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