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US top court silent after meeting on same-sex marriage

Phil Robathan (L) and James Preston (R) exchange rings during their wedding ceremony on March 29, 2014The US Supreme Court was silent Friday on whether it plans to hear cases that could lead to a more comprehensive ruling on same-sex marriage, following a closed-door meeting on the topic. The nine justices, who are likely to make their announcement next week, are considering whether to tackle any of several cases that address whether individual states have the right to ban same-sex marriages. A total of 36 states plus the capital city, Washington, allow gay marriage in the United States, with 70 percent of the population now living in areas that are gay-marriage friendly. The Supreme Court has previously stopped short of legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, leaving that question to the states.

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