US Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal Across Every State

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The Supreme Court of the United Stated today ruled that same-sex marriage is legal across the USA.

Attempts by anti-LGBT states to ban same-sex marriage have been declared unconstitutional.

The historic ruling came after a decades long battle for LGBT activists. The decision was made as part of  a case  known as Obergefell v Hodges. Five of the nine Supreme Court Justices determined that marriage equality was a right under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who cast the deciding vote, said,“The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity.

“The petitioners in these cases seek to find that liberty by marrying someone of the same sex and having their marriages deemed lawful on the same terms and conditions as marriages between persons of the opposite sex.

“The right to marry is fundamental as a matter of history and tradition, but rights come not from ancient sources. They rise, too, from a better informed understanding of how constitutional imperatives define a liberty that remains urgent in our own era.”

 

Image “The Wedding of Fred & Matt” by Laura Dye. Shared under CC BY 2.0. Via flickr.

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