Historic Ruling: Same Sex Marriage Now the Law of the Land

In a historic 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States of America has ruled that gay couples have the right to marriage. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion (as he has done in the three previous major gay rights cases), stating, “The reasons marriage is fundamental under the Constitution apply with equal force to same-sex couples.”

Click here to view the full 28 page opinion of OBERGEFELL ET AL. v. HODGES.

In a press conference following the ruling, President Barack Obama stated that “Today we can say, in no uncertain terms, that we’ve made our union a little more perfect. That’s the consequence of a decision from the Supreme Court, but more importantly, a consequence of the countless small acts of courage of millions of people across decades who stood up, who came out, who talked to parents, parents who loved their children no matter what, folks who were willing to endure bullying and taunts, and stayed strong, and came to believe in themselves and who they were. And slowly, made an entire country realize that love is love. America should be very proud.”

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Prior to today’s ruling, gay marriage was already legal in 36 states and the District of Columba. The 14 states that ban same sex marriage will now have to permite same-sex marriages.

This post will be updated as we learn more about the specifics of the ruling. There will be a rally to celebrate this historic ruling tonight beginning at 5 p.m. on the lawn of Independence Hall. More than 25 local and regional organizations are expected to participate. Click here to RSVP.

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