US top court poised to rule on gay marriage
Washington: Barring an unexpected turn of events, the US Supreme Court is poised to issue a historic ruling on gay marriage this week — but it is unlikely to legalize the practice countrywide.
Traditionally, the highest court in the land hands down decisions before its summer break on cases heard in the preceding months, generally leaving the most momentous for last.
While at the end of June 2012 it was President Barack Obama's healthcare reform, this season gay marriage is expected round out the rulings.
Of course, that's unless the nine justices — five appointed by Republican presidents and four by Democrats — have difficulty reaching agreement and decide to revisit the matter in the fall.
With the court shrouded in secrecy, a frenzy is expected when the panel presided over by conservative Justice John Roberts divulges whether the definition of marriage can be extended to include same-sex couples.
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