INTERNATIONAL: US Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage
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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