Sep 9, 2014 2:37 PM by News Staff
WASHINGTON (AP) - Both sides in the gay marriage debate agree on one thing: It's time for the Supreme Court to settle the matter.
Even a justice recently said she thinks so, too.
The emerging consensus makes it likely that the justices soon will agree to take up the question of whether the Constitution forbids states from defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. A final ruling isn't likely before June 2015, but a decision to get involved could come as soon as the end of this month.
Officials in five states in which marriage bans were struck down by federal courts have rushed their appeals to the Supreme Court. They're trying to be in time for consideration by the justices when they meet in private on Sept. 29.
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