SCOTUS Rules: Same-Sex Marriage Is a Guaranteed Right in All 50 States
This is one helluva way to head into Pride weekend.
The U.S. Supreme Court today (June 26, 2015) ruled that the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage, striking down bans currently held in 13 different states.
To reiterate: gay marriage is now legal in all 50 states.
The court ruled 5 to 4 in favor, citing the 14th Amendment. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, and he was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen G. Breyer, and Sonia Sotomayor.
In the majority opinion, Kennedy wrote:
“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. … [The challengers] ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”
37 states (and the District of Columbia) had already legalized gay marriage, which proves that a majority of the country was ready for this outcome after a long, embittered cultural and political battle.
Celebrities and politicians have been tweeting about the landmark decision. We’ll keep updating below as we spot their responses.