7/1/15 – Washington, D.C. — The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the U.S. Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. The court’s decision, which narrowly came in with five justices in favor and four dissenting, was the result of lower court appeals in several cases that have been piece-mealing same-gender marriage laws one state at a time.
Writing the opinion for the majority, Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy stated that same-sex partners have the same fundamental right to marriage as opposite-sex couples do. In his summary, Kennedy said, “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”
The historic decision can be found in its entirety here: Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Decision