Friday, June 26, 2015

Supreme Court Rules to Legalize Same Sex Marriage-Read Decision

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The Supreme Court has legalized gay marriage nationwide by ruling that the U.S. Constitution bars states from denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples.The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 today that the Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex. 

The landmark, 5-4 decision split the court along the usual ideological lines, with Republican appointee Justice Anthony Kennedy joining the court's liberal wing to back same-sex marriage rights and the court's remaining GOP appointees dissenting.

Before the court acted Friday, 37 states authorized marriages by same-sex couples, but most of those states did so due to court rulings that could have been overturned if the Supreme Court reached the opposite result.