June 26, 2015.
Mark this date down in history, America. This is the day gay marriage became legal in ALL 50 STATES of the country.
The Supreme Court released its verdict today, declaring by a margin of 5 to 4 that all states must allow same-sex marriages and recognize similar unions from other states. The ruling ends a legal battle that has been going on for decades and a civil argument that has been going on for centuries, granting marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples.
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.
Here's what Justice Anthony Kennedy, who delivered the ruling from the court in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, had to say:
“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 they once were. [The challengers] ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”
As you can imagine, the news is taking the Internet by storm, with the hashtags, #LoveWins, #SupremeCourt, and #JusticeThomas leading the trending topics. Here's one of our favorites:
The folks at Google are getting in on the celebration too. Google the search term "gay marriage" today, and here's what you'll see:
Google celebrates the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision with a new search screen. (Photo: Google)
Yeah! Love wins — in all 50 states.
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