Supreme Court Rules: States Must Allow Same-Sex Marriage

Friday, June 26 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld gay marriage in a 5-4 vote. This historical ruling means same-sex marriage can now occur in any state.

Feature photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times

In the ruling, the Supreme Court said the Constitution of the United States guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.

Up until this moment, 36 out of the 50 U.S. states allowed gay marriage.

Current map showing where same-sex marriage was legal and banned. Courtesy of CNN
Current map showing where same-sex marriage was legal and banned. Courtesy of CNN

BUT NOW ALL THE STATES MUST ALLOW GAY MARRIAGE!

What is the Supreme Court?

The Supreme Court is the highest court in the United States and the only court established by the Constitution. It has nine justices and their decisions take precedence over all other courts in the country. So this means, what they say goes! All other courts must follow what the Supreme Court says. They also have the power to decide if the President’s actions are unconstitutional. Once a decision is made, it’s FINAL.

In sharing the decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy said:

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

The Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. Graphic courtesy of The New York Times.
The Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. Graphic courtesy of The New York Times.

 

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