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US Supreme Court poised to rule on gay marriage

in UNITED STATES, 23/06/2013

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 country-wide.

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 to round out the rulings.

Of course, that's unless the 9 justices -- 5 appointed by Republican presidents and 4 by Democrats -- have difficulty reaching agreement and decide to revisit the matter in the fall.

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