Gay Marriage Now Legal Nationwide
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Friday marriage is legal for all Americans, no matter the gender or sexual orientation.
[box]”Four principles and traditions demonstrate that the reasons marriage is fundamental under the Constitution apply with equal force to same-sex couples.”[/box]
Today’s decision marks a long fought victory of gay rights activists and allies. Prior to this ruling 37 states and Washington DC already recognize marriage equality. The remaining 13 in the union states had banned these unions.
The lead plaintiff in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case in which the court ruled, is an Ohio resident who wanted to be listed as the surviving spouse on his husband’s death certificate.
[box]”Same-sex couples have the same right as opposite-sex couples to enjoy intimate association, a right extending beyond mere freedom from laws making same-sex intimacy a criminal offense.”[/box]
Now the real question that we all must ask is whether the court timed its release to coincide with pride celebrations in many major cities.