Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 50 / 14 December 2017
 

Supreme Court OKs same-sex marriage

The United States Supreme Court Friday, June 26 ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry.

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The 5-4 decision, in Obergefell v. Hodges, means that same-sex marriage is now recognized in all 50 states. The decision, authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, held that the 14th Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and that states have to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when it is lawfully licensed out of state.

Prior to the ruling, 37 states plus the District of Columbia allowed gay and lesbian couples to tie the knot.

Couples from four states – Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee – were part of the consolidated case, which looked at two questions: 1) Does the 14th Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? 2) Does the 14th Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?

Coming in the midst of Pride Week in cities like San Francisco and New York, the decision likely means joyous crowds will swell at this weekend’s festivities.

The Bay Area Reporter will have more on the court’s decision soon.

— Cynthia Laird, June 26, 2015 @ 7:05 am PST
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