WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) – Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution.
The justices will take up gay-rights cases that ask them to overturn bans in four states and declare for the entire nation that people can marry the partners of their choice, regardless of gender. The cases will be argued in April, and a decision is expected by late June.
The landmark 2013 case, brought by Edith Windsor of Manhattan, forced the federal government to recognize gay marriage. But this decision will likely have an even greater impact, Lambda Legal Susan Sommer said.
“We are hopeful that we can get a ruling saying that every state in this nation under our constitution has to allow same sex couples to marry. That is the basic dignity that everybody deserves and once you’re married you’re married where ever you step foot. We can win,” she told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.