Q&A: What’s at Stake in Supreme Court Gay Marriage Case

Associated Press via The New York Times
June 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — Just two years ago, the Supreme Court struck down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law that denied a range of government benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

The decision in United States v. Windsor did not address the validity of state marriage bans, but courts across the country, with few exceptions, said its logic compelled them to invalidate state laws that prohibited gay and lesbian couples from marrying.

The number of states allowing same-sex marriage has grown rapidly. As recently as October, just over one-third of the states permitted same-sex marriage. Now, same-sex couples can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia.

The court is expected to decide late this week or early next week whether gay and lesbian couples have a right to marry in every state. A look at what is now before the Supreme Court, and the status of same-sex marriage around the country:

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