Supreme Court to hear challenge on same-sex marriage April 28

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Supreme Court announced Thursday that it will hear a challenge to state bans on same-sex marriage April 28.  At issue is a lower court opinion that upheld same-sex marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee.

The Court will hear two and 1/2 hours of arguments on two questions:

1. Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?

2. Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?

April 28 is the second to last argument day of the term. A decision in the case is expected by June. The ruling is expected to have nationwide implications.

Earlier this week, Alabama’s Supreme Court ordered all counties in the state to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  Most counties have followed that order.