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U.S. Supreme Court Signals Reluctance to Rule on Marriage Equality

By Jeffrey Knipmeyer on April 12, 2013

Nine states currently recognize same-sex marriages, and nationwide polls demonstrate increasing support for marriage equality in the U.S.  Even so, signals from the Supreme Court indicate justices are reluctant to broadly rule on the right to marry for gays and lesbians.

As reported by The Chicago Tribune, some of the nine Supreme Court justices have displayed a reluctance to deal with this still divisive issue.  Although nine states recognize same-sex marriage, 30 states still have constitutional amendments prohibiting gay marriage.  Potential swing voter Justice Anthony Kennedy clearly indicated where he stood on the issue by warning the Court that they were getting into “uncharted waters.”

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