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U.S. Supreme Court will hear Michigan gay marriage case

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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take same-sex marriage cases from Michigan and three other states. The high court will decide this term whether the states' bans are constitutional.

In its decision to hear the case, the Supreme Court said the cases will be consolidated to answer two questions. From the decision:

The cases are consolidated and the petitions for writs of certiorari are granted limited to the following questions: 1) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? 2) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?

The court says a total of 90 minutes will be granted for oral arguments on the first question, and a total of 60 minutes on the second.

NPR reports the case is expected to be heard in April, and a decision won't be expected until June 2015.

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