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The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it will make a final decision on gay marriage by June.
In April, the nine justices will review an appellate court’s decision to uphold gay marriage bans in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. A final decision will be made before the completion of the present term in late June. The court will examine if individual states have the right to ban gay marriage and if states must recognize gay marriages granted in other states.
Currently, 36 states and Washington, D.C. have ruled gay marriage to be legal.
Ellen DeGeneres found out about the news at the One Big Happy panel, NBC’s new show executive-produced by the Ellen star that follows the life of a single lesbian who gets pregnant. “I don’t know if you’ve seen Selma, but the thing that changed the Civil Rights movement is when white people got involved and started marching. … We need everyone on our side. We’re trying to do this march and we need people that believe in equality and fairness and love and so if we have people that will join us and give us that which is only fair to have the same rights that everybody else has, then it’s a wonderful world.”
Fellow members of the entertainment industry also took to social media to share their opinions on the Court’s announcement:
Supreme Court has agreed to rule on gay marriage. It sucks that some Americans still have to fight for the same rights as other Americans.
— Jim Norton (@JimNorton) January 16, 2015
Makers Studios co-founder Shay Carl:
I bet Jesus loves gay people more than he loves people who hate gay people.
— shaycarl (@shaycarl) January 16, 2015
SCOTUS: This is good news for stock photos of two grooms on top of a wedding cake.
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) January 16, 2015
The Supreme Court has agreed to rule on gay marriage this year. In exchange, Ruth Bader Ginsberg will be the new host of Fashion Police.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) January 16, 2015
Writer-director-producer Dustin Lance Black:
BREAKING: The Supreme Court agrees to take on same-sex marriage… AGAIN. This time it must be equality for ALL. http://t.co/cnHVRO32WV
— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) January 16, 2015
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