The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 last week that it is legal for all Americans, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, to marry the people they love.
This historic victory for gay rights activists comes after years of battling in the lower courts. Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia already recognize marriage equality. The remaining 13 states currently ban these unions, even as public support has reached record levels nationwide.
Under the 14th Amendment, the justices found, states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize same-sex unions that have been legally performed in other states.
Ben n Jerry's celebrate.
In the majority opinion, several reasons for same-sex marriage were identified. The justices wrote that the right to marriage is an inherent aspect of individual autonomy, since "decisions about marriage are among the most intimate that an individual can make." They also said gay Americans have a right to "intimate association" beyond merely freedom from laws that ban homosexuality.
President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to support marriage equality when he came out in favor of it in 2012, the same year that the Democratic Party made it part of its platform for the first time. On Friday, Obama called the ruling "a victory for America."
As the majority wrote in its opinion, the petitioners' "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."
And let's not forget the Irish vote last month.
Lustralboy says: who would have thought just ten, or even five, years ago, that gay marriage, in reality 'EQUALITY,' would have made such huge strides globally? Just brilliant!
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