As recently as last October, just over one-third of the states permitted gay marriages. The dissenters accused their colleagues of usurping power that belongs to the states and to voters, and short-circuiting a national debate about same-sex marriage. Roberts read a summary of his dissent from the bench, the first time he has done so in nearly 10 years as chief justice. It had nothing to do with it. Several religious organizations criticized the decision. The U.
Supreme Court's landmark ruling legalizes gay marriage nationwide - Reuters
Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, handing a historic triumph to the American gay rights movement. With the landmark ruling, gay marriage becomes legal in all 50 states. When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free. The ruling, the culmination of a long legal fight by gay rights advocates, follows steady gains in public approval in recent years for same-sex marriage. It was not until that the Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage. But the decision may provoke fresh legal fights in some conservative, Republican-governed states. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law.
Hodges Ohio , which was consolidated with three other same-sex marriage cases from the other states in the Sixth Circuit : Tanco v. Haslam Tennessee , DeBoer v. Snyder Michigan , Bourke v. Beshear Kentucky.
Obergefell v. Hodges , U. The 5—4 ruling requires all fifty states , the District of Columbia , and the Insular Areas to perform and recognize the marriages of same-sex couples on the same terms and conditions as the marriages of opposite-sex couples, with all the accompanying rights and responsibilities. Between January and February , plaintiffs in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee filed federal district court cases that culminated in Obergefell v. After all district courts ruled for the plaintiffs, the rulings were appealed to the Sixth Circuit.