WASHINGTON — There are lots of open questions about the road the Supreme Court justices will take to a final decision about whether the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. But one thing seemsclear: the answer will arrive next June.
The endgame started Monday morning. At their first private conferenceof the term, the justices were scheduled to consider, among many other things, seven petitions urging them to hear appeals from decisions strikingdown bans on same-sex marriage.
In an unusual move, the same-sex couples on the winning side of those cases joined their adversaries in asking the Supreme Court to settle the question, nationally and once and for all.
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