US Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage cases

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WASHINGTON -- The US Supreme Court will make a decision about marriage equality once and for all.

The high court will take the case on whether states can ban marriage for same sex couples.

It involves cases in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.

The ruling, however, will ultimately apply to the 14 states where marriage restrictions are still in place.

The court will hear the case in April and is expected to issue its decision by the end of June.

The number of states that permit same-sex marriage has nearly doubled in three months as a result of federal and state court rulings.

The justices' decision to turn away same-sex marriage appeals in October allowed some of those rulings to take effect.

Florida last week became the 36th state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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