WASHINGTON, D.C. - At the start of Gay Pride weekend and just a week before Independence Day, the U.S. Supreme Court made marriage for same-sex couples legal nationwide today. The majority opinion in the 5-4 decision was written by Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Kennedy wrote in closing, "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," Kennedy wrote. "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," Kennedy said. "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."
Today's ruling means the bans on same-sex marriage must end in 14 states — Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.
And what does Warren think?
Reactions from around town are:
"And now can we stop calling it 'gay marriage' and start just calling it 'marriage'? Yes. I think we can do that now. Hooray!!! "
"Progress, and it's about time."
"Happy two consenting adult may express their love for each other like everyone else."
"I'm still shaking!"
" Phenomenal Day!"
"Proud to be an American!"
"Fnally...I'm proud to be an American today. It's called Freedom and Equality for all."
"About time. We're on the right side of history. There was a time when mixed race marriage was illegal. Think how ridiculous that sounds now."
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