Supreme Court strikes down bans on same-sex marriage
By Richard Wolf (06.26.2015)
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the United States Friday in a closely divided ruling that will stand as a milestone in its 226-year history.
The justices ruled 5-4 that states cannot deny gay men and lesbians the same marriage rights enjoyed for thousands of years by opposite-sex couples. Within days if not hours, the decision is expected to trigger same-sex marriages in states that still ban the practice.
“They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law,” Justice Anthony Kennedy said in his 28-page ruling. “The Constitution grants them that right.”
Kennedy announced the decision to a hushed courtroom; his colleagues watched stone-faced. As the sweep of his decision became clear, some in the audience embraced and cried.
Extraordinary and historic day for the country!
All four conservative justices wrote dissenting opinions? LOLSMH.
Ecstatic! Historic moment indeed, and about damn time. Very, very happy to have woken up to this news this morning.
Hip, hip, hooray!
Oh, and to the four dissenters…