Gay marriage arguments flooding federal courts

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Challenges to same-sex marriage bans in four states will be argued this week in Cincinnati, the biggest day yet in a slew of upcoming cases going before federal appeals judges covering nearly half the United States.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati will consider six cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee on Wednesday. Arguments on same-sex marriage bans are ahead over the next few weeks in circuit appeals courts based in Chicago and San Francisco. A New Orleans-based circuit is expected to soon schedule arguments.

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The circuit courts are the last step before the U.S. Supreme Court, and their rulings will put pressure on the nation’s highest court to weigh in. There’s been an eight-month streak of federal rulings against bans.

 

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