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nmda supreme court heading for a blockbuster finale this month a long awaited landmark ruling on gay marriage reuters legal editor john biskupic's justices are being asked for the first time in the most direct way is there a constitutional right to same sex marriage , thirty seven states now allowed but a yes from the court would make same sex marriage legal throughout the nation , oral arguments in april showed a clear divide the courts for liberal supporting gay marriage with four of the conservatives preferring the government not weigh in leaving the likely tiebreak to justice anthony kennedy , he was instrumental in a twenty thirteen ruling granting married same sex couples the same federal benefits as straight couples , and he made similar points this time , same sex couples it of course we understand , the nobility and the sacredness of marriage we know we can't procreate , but we want the other attributes of it , in order to show that lead to have a dignity that can be fulfilled now i would think from the signals we got at the oral arguments in april that the justices are ready to say that gay men and lesbians would be allowed to marry nationwide , decision comes as a new pew research poll finds fifty seven percent of american supporting same sex marriage , the court is expected to rule before the end of june