Supreme Court rules 5 to 4 same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states

marriage-won-signIn a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in the 5 to 4 decision. He was joined by the court’s four more liberal justices.

Justice Kennedy said gay and lesbian couples had a fundamental right to marry.

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family,” he wrote. “In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”



When marriages begin? Ruling goes into effect immediately. Some states County clerks (not states that already had marriage equality) need time to update forms and procedures.

Read the decision in full

Events in the Central Valley:
Fresno: SCORE Sports Cafe 737 E Olive Ave, Fresno 6pm to 9pm
Bakersfield: Rally at Outback Corner on Stockdale 5-7pm; then PARTY at the Nile Nightclub
Bakersfield: Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield, 902 18th St, 5pm-9pm

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