Today will go down in history as a day where everyone has the right to marry the gender they love.
Same-sex marriage was ruled legal in a 5-4 decision in the U.S Supreme Court this morning, NBC News reported.
“The constitution promises liberty to all within its reach,” Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the decision, wrote according to NBC News.
“It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves,” Kennedy told NBC News. “Their 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.”
Before the decision, 36 states allowed same-sex marriage, NBC News reported. It also says that this ruling lifts the restrictions in the other 14 states.
“The decision capped a remarkably quick turnaround in public and judicial acceptance of same-sex marriage. In the past 18 months, court rulings struck down marriage bans in rapid succession — nearly 60 separate decisions in more than half the states,” NBC News reported.
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