US High Court Faced with Marriage Appeal

Agence France-Press
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July 2, 2012

The US Supreme Court could decide later this year whether to take up the issue of marriage equality, after a group of lawmakers asked it be deemed unconstitutional, a court source said Saturday.
The subject is a hot-button issue that soared to the forefront of the political debate in May when Barack Obama became the first US president to say publicly that he was in favor of marriage for same-sex couples.
On Friday, the Republican-led Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group filed a petition with the US high court, asking it to say that a law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman is consistent with the fifth amendment of the US Constitution, which calls for equal protection under the law.