Justices will hear gay marriage cases on April 28

Plastic figurines depicting a female couple and a male couple, displayed on a table, at the Gay marriage fair, in Paris, Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

WASHINGTON (AP/WOOD) — The Supreme Court will hear arguments over same-sex marriage on April 28.

The court released its calendar Thursday for the final two weeks of arguments this term and allotted the gay marriages cases two-and-a-half hours on the last Tuesday in April.

The cases come from the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, so far the only federal appellate court that has upheld state bans on same-sex marriages since the justices’ 2013 ruling striking down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law.

Lawyers on both sides will get 90 minutes to argue whether gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry everywhere in the U.S. Another hour will be devoted to the question of whether states must recognize same-sex unions performed elsewhere.

Two Detroit-area nurses who challenged Michigan’s ban on gay marriage is one of four scheduled cases that day. April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse sued to change the Michigan law that bars them from jointly adopting their three children. The case was expanded to include gay marriage.

A decision is expected before July.

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