Supreme Court makes same sex marriage legal nationwide

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In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court declared same sex marriage a constitutional right. Writing in his majority opinion, Justice Kennedy said:

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

The ruling means that same sex marriages from any state will be honored if across the country; and it effectively overturns bans in 13 states.