In a 5-4 ruling that may be of the most significant decisions in recent years and the most significant expansion of marriage in decades, the court’s move effectively means that individual states cannot prevent people from getting married based on their gender.
The court said that the Constitution’s guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law mean that states cannot ban same-sex marriages. With the ruling, gay marriage will become legal in all 50 states.
President Barack Obama tweeted about it saying…The court made its ruling in response to a case brought by Jim Obergefell and other plaintiffs involved in same-sex relationships. Mr Obergefell lost his husband, John Arthur, two year ago.
Because same-sex marriage was banned in Ohio, he had flown his then very ill partner in a medically-equipped plane to Maryland to marry.
On Friday, Mr Obergefell was present at the court to savour his bitter-sweet victory and to receive a call from President Obama to offer his congratulations
Speaking to CNN, Mr Obergefell said he was not able to go home and celebrate with the man he loved. “This is for you, John,” he said.
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