Same-sex marriages are now legal across the entirety of the United States after a historic supreme court ruling that declared attempts by conservative states to ban them unconstitutional. In what may prove the most important civil rights case in a generation, five of the nine court justices determined that the right to marriage equality was enshrined under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. The ruling , in which Justice Anthony Kennedy cast the deciding vote , means the number of states where gay marriage is legal will rise — albeit after some stalling — from 37 to Four liberal justices and Kennedy rejected claims made by lawyers during the legal argument in April that marriage was defined by law solely to encourage procreation within stable family units — and therefore could only meaningfully apply to men and women.
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Kennedy wrote for the majority in the historic decision. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. The decision, which was the culmination of decades of litigation and activism, set off jubilation and tearful embraces across the country , the first same-sex marriages in several states, and resistance — or at least stalling — in others. It came against the backdrop of fast-moving changes in public opinion, with polls indicating that most Americans now approve of the unions. In dissent, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.
Subscriber Account active since. People fighting for same-sex marriage rights around the world have seen global support increase in recent years. Australia, Malta, and Germany legalized same-sex marriage in , and Taiwan made history in , becoming the first government in Asia to welcome legislation on marriage equality. Costa Rica became the first Central American country to legalize same-sex marriage on May 26,
Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. Today, Alexandra Quiros and Dunia Araya were the first same-sex couple to marry in Costa Rica, as marriage equality became legal in the country. It took a while.