The U.S. Supreme Court legalizes the same-sex marriage nationwide on Friday, June 26, 2015.
The Supreme Court ruled — by a 5-4 decision — in favor of marriage equality on Friday “declaring that refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples violates the Constitution.”
“No longer may this liberty be denied. 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,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority of the decision.
“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,” Kennedy added.