Love For All: Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal In All 50 States


Both President Barack Obama and the LGBTQ community are having the best week ever. Today, same-sex couples earned the right to get married in all 50 states. The Fourteenth Amendment guarantees both same-sex and opposite sex couples this right and the legal abilities that come along with marriage, making any state’s denial of such because of sexuality unconstitutional, said Supreme Court justices in Obergefell v. Hodges.

The court document reads, “States have contributed to the fundamental character of marriage by placing it at the center of many facets of the legal and social order. There is no difference between same- and opposite-sex couples with respect to this principle, yet same-sex couples are denied the constellation of benefits that the States have linked to marriage and are consigned to an instability many opposite-sex couples would find intolerable.”

This case collected three lawsuits involving same-sex couples from different states and additional petitioners with similar cases. Its title comes from James Obergefell, who Ohio denied recognition as the surviving spouse of his late partner, John Arthur, on the death certificate. The Ohio couple got married in Maryland before Arthur’s death in 2013. Michigan couple April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse faced discrimination in 2010 when attempting to adopt a baby girl. Their state only allowed opposite-sex married couples or single individuals to legally adopt – meaning only one could be recognized by law as the parent. The New York marriage of Tennessee couple Army Reserve Sergeant First Class Ilje DeKoe and Thomas Kostura lost validity every time they returned home to Tennessee. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4, permitting same-sex couples with the equal marriage rights as opposite-sex couple this morning. President Obama commented on this landmark decision:

Presidential candidate Jeb Bush also provided a statement: “Guided by my faith, I believe in traditional marriage. I believe the Supreme Court should have allowed the states to make this decision. I also believe that we should love our neighbor and respect others, including those making lifetime commitments. In a country as diverse as ours, good people who have opposing views should be able to live side by side. It is now crucial that as a country we protect religious freedom and the right of conscience and also not discriminate.”

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