Same-Sex Marriage De-Facto Legal after U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

WASHINGTON, United States (AP) — The long and turbulent battle for marriage equality ended today when The Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.

The 5-4 ruling by Justice Kennedy began with a statement about personal identity.

“The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity. The petitioners in these cases seek to find that liberty by marrying someone of the same sex and having their marriages deemed lawful on the same terms and conditions as marriages between persons of the opposite sex.”

The ruling also emphasized the well-being of children with same-sex parents.

“Excluding same-sex couples from marriage thus conflicts with a central premise of the right to marry. Without the recognition, stability, and predictability marriage offers, their children suffer the stigma of knowing their families are somehow lesser. They also suffer the significant material costs of being raised by unmarried parents, relegated through no fault of their own to a more difficult and uncertain family life. The marriage laws at issue here thus harm and humiliate the children of same-sex couples.”

Before today, 14 states did not recognize same-sex marriages. Those states will have to comply with The Supreme Court’s ruling.

#Finally: Social Media Reacts

News of the decision spread like wildfire on social media, where users celebrated the long-anticipated decision.

A number of politicians and public officials praised the decision, including Boston mayor Marty Walsh.

Social media personality Caity Kauffman welcomed same-sex couples into the mores of married life.

Comedian Rye Silverman wasn’t shy about accepting credit for the decision.

Recording artist Anthony Callea said today was “a day to be celebrated and cherished.”

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