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Report: Gay Marriage Question Expected to Reach Supreme Court This Year Reuters

"Two big cases addressing marriage rights for gays and lesbians are on track to reach the U.S. Supreme Court as soon as this year, keeping the focus on an issue President Barack Obama reignited with his endorsement this week," reports David Ingram for Reuters.

The article says, "Lawyers for California same-sex couples are urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to end its involvement, which would clear the way for a request for the Supreme Court to settle the issue. Each day the government does not recognize the couples 'is a day that can never be returned to them,' lawyer Ted Olson wrote in a court filing in March."

The story adds, "The California case tests whether the state's same-sex marriage ban, which voters approved in 2008 after 18,000 same-sex couples had obtained marriage licenses, violates due-process and equal-protection rights. After a three-judge panel ruled for gay marriage in the 9th Circuit in February, backers of the ban asked that an 11-judge panel rehear the case. Should the court refuse, the backers are expected to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene."

The article says the other case working its way to the Supreme Court is from Massachusetts.