New York City — The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments in a lawsuit challenging a New York state law banning same-year marriages.
The justices will hear oral arguments in the case on Tuesday in the court’s Brooklyn headquarters.
The court last month struck down a similar law in New York.
A similar law was upheld by a federal court in Utah in May.
The case is a test case for the justices to determine whether the Supreme Court should consider whether a state has the power to limit same-date marriages.
Last year, the court ruled in favor of a federal judge in Kentucky who ruled same-day marriage could be banned statewide if it is not tied to the religious beliefs of the people whose rights the state sought to regulate.
The federal judge’s ruling did not take into account the fact that most of the states with same-marriage bans were not bound by the court ruling and could choose to allow same-gender marriages.
A separate lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union said the federal court’s decision in Kentucky should not be considered a final ruling because the justices have not yet made a decision on whether to take up the case.
The ACLU said in a statement that the ruling in Kentucky “could be appealed to the Supreme Courts of New York and California, as well as to the United States Supreme Court.”
The ACLU argued that Kentucky law “imposes a substantial burden on the exercise of religious liberty, and is therefore invalid on its face.”