Same-Sex Marriage Is Officially Legal Everywhere In The United States

In a historic 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is a legal right, reports the Washington Post.

"The court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion. He was joined in the opinion by the court’s liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan.

Before the ruling today, gay couples could marry in 37 states in addition to Washington, D.C. Now, states must recognize same-sex unions.

The Post has more:

Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. made the case that withholding marriage violates equal-protection guarantees at the court's oral arguments in April:

Finally, America is living up to its claim of being the "land of the free!"

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