Same-sex couples celebrate marriage equality with Supreme Court ruling

June 26, 2015, 1:22 p.m.
A rainbow arches over a dirt road in the rural countryside.
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Our photo of the day celebrates a rainbow of diversity and the long road traveled by advocates for LGBT rights.

This morning, the Supreme Court announced a decision making it legal for same-sex couples to marry anywhere in the United States.

Our own Jenn Savedge reports, "At present, 37 states in the U.S. and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage, but this ruling just bumped that number up to 50. And it also ensures that marriage rights granted in one state will be recognized in another."

Justice Anthony Kennedy authored the majority's opinion, which states in part: "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...marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. 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. 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. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. It is so ordered."

This morning, President Obama gave a speech praising the decision saying, "This ruling is a victory for America. This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts. When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free."

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