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Nation's high court begins hearing historic same-sex marriage case that began in Tri-State

The U.S. Supreme Court will take up the issue of gay marriage Tuesday. A decision is expected in June. (FOX19 NOW/file) The U.S. Supreme Court will take up the issue of gay marriage Tuesday. A decision is expected in June. (FOX19 NOW/file)

The nation's top court begins hearing arguments Tuesday in a historic case that began right here in the Tri-State and impacts the entire country.

Both sides are expected to argue for more than two hours whether states have the right to deny same-sex couples marriages before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Justices won't issue their ruling June. In the meantime, 13 states continue to recognize marriage as solely between a man and a woman.

Over-the-Rhine resident Jim Obergefell began fighting for marriage equality in 2013 and has become the face of the movement in Ohio.  

The 48-year-old real estate agent filed a restraining order in federal court asking that his name be placed as a surviving spouse on his husband's death certificate. 

The couple married out of state, where it was legal, but Ohio would not recognize their marriage.

Obergefell appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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