seven cases before the court, from Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Virginia and
If the Supreme Court agrees to hear one or more of the cases, oral arguments will happen next year. Any ruling could impact on all 31 states which disallow same-sex marriage.
Marriage equality advocates say the state bans violate the US Constitution's guarantee of equal treatment under the law.
Marriage equality in the US (via marriageequality.org)
A total of 19 US states have marriage equality: Massachusetts (May 2004), California (June 2008 & June 2013), Connecticut (Nov. 2008), Iowa (April 2009), Vermont (Sept. 2009), New Hampshire (Jan. 2010), District of Columbia (March 2010), New York (June 2011), Washington (Dec. 2012), Maine (Dec. 2012), Maryland (Jan. 2013), Delaware (July 2013), Rhode Island (Aug. 1, 2013), Minnesota (Aug. 2013), New Jersey (Oct. 2013), Hawaii (Dec. 2, 2013), New Mexico (Dec. 2013), Oregon (May 2014), Pennsylvania (May 2014), and Illinois (June 2014)
The other 31 states have bans on Marriage Equality through state laws, amendments to state constitutions, or both.
On 26 June 2013 the United States Supreme Court ruled in Windsor v. United States that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.