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Supreme Court Expected To Rule On Same-Sex Marriage

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Posted at 6:03 AM, Jun 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 01:20:16-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On what could be a historic day across the country, the Supreme Court of the United States is expected to release its decision on two landmark cases. One of those has ties and implications to Tennessee.

A decision is expected Thursday on the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, and on same-sex marriage. The latter case has ties to Tennessee.

Right now, same sex marriage is legal in 37 states, however that could change.

The same-sex marriage case, officially known as Obergefell v. Hodges, could usher in same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

This case is working to answer two questions: does the U.S. Constitution require states to perform same-sex marriages and does the Constitution require states to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states?

Experts predict the vote will be close -- probably five justices to four in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage across the country.

Two of the plaintiffs in the case are two men who were married in New York City, but now live in Memphis.
Gay marriage is illegal in Tennessee, so the two are arguing for that to change.