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Gay marriage win streak to be put to the test

A same-sex marriage couple in Michigan
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Gay marriage has been on a winning streak since late 2013, winning gay marriage rights in states such as New Mexico, Utah and Kentucky. But that winning streak will be put to the test in Denver.

According to the Associated Press on April 9, the federal appeals court will weigh in on whether or not a lower court decision to throw out gay marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma will stand or will be thrown out.

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that not recognizing same-sex on the federal level was unconstitutional, federal judges in the states have struck down same-sex marriage bans on the basis that it infringes on the constitutional rights of gays and lesbians.

The appeals court ruling comes amid a time where more Americans are showing more tolerance to same-sex marriages. A recent polled showed that for the first time in U.S. history, over half of Americans approve of same-sex marriage.

Gay rights activist are arguing that if the appeals court rule in favor of the states, it would be singled out as upholding discrimination in a country growing more tolerant of gays and lesbians.

But opponents of the federal court rulings argue that the federal courts are trampling on the rights of voters, as the gay marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma were approved by the voters.

A ruling is expected on April 10.

Stay tuned.

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