Supreme court decision same sex marriage
Obergefell v. Hodges , U. The 5—4 ruling requires all fifty states , the District of Columbia , and the Insular Areas to perform and recognize the marriages of same-sex couples on the same terms and conditions as the marriages of opposite-sex couples, with all the accompanying rights and responsibilities. Between January and February , plaintiffs in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee filed federal district court cases that culminated in Obergefell v.
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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.
Obergefell v. Hodges is a landmark case in which on June 26, , the Supreme Court of the United States held, in decision, that state bans on same-sex marriage and on recognizing same sex marriages duly performed in other jurisdictions are unconstitutional under the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Justices Roberts, Scalia, Thomas and Alito dissented. The decision influenced not only family law but also property law insurance, tax and business. In , in the decision in Baker v.