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Florida Matters Preview: Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments On Same-Sex Marriage

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 The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments April 28 on the issue of same-sex marriage.  

Several cases from Cases from Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky have been combined into one case, known as Obergefell v. Hodges.

This week on Florida Matters (Tuesday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 26 at 7:30 a.m. on WUSF 89.7 FM), we feature a panel discussion on same-sex marriage -- which has been legal in Florida since January --  ahead of a ruling from the Supreme Court on the issue.

The justices will consider two questions:

1. Does the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution require a state to license a marriage of two people of the same sex? 2. Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages?

In this preview, we take a look at those questions with Clearwater attorney Alan Gassman, who recently published a book called "The Florida Legal Guide For Same Sex Couples."