WASHINGTON — Same-sex couples seeking the right to marry are asking the Supreme Court to settle the issue of gay marriage nationwide.
The ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was the first appellate ruling to side with states seeking to preserve gay marriage bans since the Supreme Court struck down part of a federal anti-gay marriage law last year.
Last month, the justices rejected appeals from five states of rulings favoring same-sex couples, but that was before the recent ruling created a division among lower courts.
Same-sex couples can marry in 32 states, parts of Kansas and Missouri, and the District of Columbia.