The historic decision by the Supreme Court guarantees that states cannot deny rights to gay couples.
It is a historic day in the lives of all Americans: the US Supreme Court ruled mere moments ago that individual states cannot ban same-sex marriage, establishing a new civil right and handing equality advocates a victory that until very recently would have seemed unthinkable - and a victory that has the support of 61% of Americans. It just squeaked by, as the 5-4 ruling had Justice Anthony Kennedy who wrote for the majority and the four liberal justices. The four voices that were against the decision all wrote their own feelings.
"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family," Kennedy wrote. "In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than they once were."
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In a dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia blasted the Court's "threat to American democracy."
"The substance of today's decree is not of immense personal importance to me," he wrote. "But what really astounds is the hubris reflected in today's judicial Putsch."
The case came to the Supreme Court in a few different paths and featured fourteen couples and two widowers challenged the bans. Attorneys Mary Bonauto and Doug Hallward-Driemeier presented their case before the Court, arguing that the freedom to marry is a fundamental right for all people and should not be left to popular vote, according to CNN.
Probably the face of this fight was Jim Obergefell, who married his spouse John Arthur in 2013, just a few months before Arthur died. The couple lived in Ohio, which didn't support same sex marriage, and traveled to Maryland so that they could get married before Arthur died. Unfortunately, when he returned to Ohio, he was no able to be listed on his father's death certificate.
President Obama shared his support for the decision:
The ruling now means that all the United States is one of 21 countries that allow for same sex marriage nationwide - this is one for the history books.