Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Nationwide Marriage Equality

After avoiding answering the question in 2013, Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Friday that states can no longer ban same-sex marriage. “It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage,” Justice Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion.

The crowd celebrates outside of the Supreme Court on Friday. Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press

What We Know So Far

  • The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that states cannot ban same-sex marriage.
  • Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, saying, “[T]he reasons marriage is fundamental under the Constitution apply with equal force to same-sex couples.”
  • Justices Roberts, Thomas, Scalia, and Alito dissented.
  • The ruling “is a victory for gay and lesbian couples who fought so long for their basic civil rights,” President Obama said in an address to the nation. “Shifts in hearts and minds are possible.”
  • “All marriages at their root are about love. In America, our laws now recognize that simple truth. #LoveWins today & we couldn’t be prouder,” Vice President Joe Biden tweeted.


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: “Marriage is only the union of one man and one woman.”

Following the Supreme Court’s ruling, Texas Gov. Abbott issued the following statement:

The Supreme Court has abandoned its role as an impartial judicial arbiter and has become an unelected nine-member legislature. Five Justices on the Supreme Court have imposed on the entire country their personal views on an issue that the Constitution and the Court’s previous decisions reserve to the people of the States.

Despite the Supreme Court’s rulings, Texans’ fundamental right to religious liberty remains protected. No Texan is required by the Supreme Court’s decision to act contrary to his or her religious beliefs regarding marriage.

The Texas Constitution guarantees that ‘[n]o human authority ought, in any case whatsoever, to control or interfere with the rights of conscience in matters of religion.’ The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion; and the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, combined with the newly enacted Pastor Protection Act, provide robust legal protections to Texans whose faith commands them to adhere to the traditional understanding of marriage.

As I have done in the past, I will continue to defend the religious liberties of all Texans—including those whose conscience dictates that marriage is only the union of one man and one woman. Later today, I will be issuing a directive to state agencies instructing them to prioritize the protection of Texans’ religious liberties.

Read more on what is happening in the states without marriage equality.

Here’s Every 2016 GOP Candidate’s Response To The Same-Sex Marriage Ruling — And There’s A Divide

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After the Supreme Court ruled bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio focused on religious freedom — while Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, and, most interestingly, Scott Walker focused more on keeping the fight alive.

Read more here.

“Today, we can say in no uncertain terms our union is a little more perfect”

President Obama on Friday delivered a powerful speech addressing the Supreme Court’s decision to end state bans on same-sex marriage, saying the ruling “reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to equal protection to the law, that all people are treated equally regardless of who they are or who they love.”

Here’s a transcript of President Obama’s call to Obergefell:

here’s a closed-captioning transcript of that phone call from POTUS broadcast on CNN earlier

— E McMorris-Santoro (@EvanMcSan)

SCOTUS plaintiff Obergefell takes call from Obama on speaker phone on live CNN. Obama: "I couldn't be prouder of you"

— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus)

Bobby Jindal: "This decision will pave the way for an all out assault against the religious freedom rights of Christians who disagree..."

— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins)

The first same-sex couple is set to marry legally in Georgia's Fulton County Courthouse. #gapol

— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein)

HUGE equality parachute flag outside #SCOTUS

— Ellie Hall (@ellievhall)

These are the faces of happy people #lovewins

— ACLU National (@ACLU)

The White House’s new Facebook profile picture.

“#LoveWins.” —The White House


— The White House (@WhiteHouse)

#LoveWins Today is a huge step forward for our country, and my family. I'm so grateful and happy! #SCOTUSMarriage

— Matt Bomer (@MattBomer)

Jim Obergefell, a plaintiff in the case, said, “The fact that the state I have long called home will finally recognize my marriage to the man I honored and cherished for more than 20 years is a profound vindication.”

Today I could not be prouder of my country, more grateful for the memory of my late husband John, and more indebted to the incredible lawyers, advocates and fellow plaintiffs who made this landmark day possible. The fact that the state I have long called home will finally recognize my marriage to the man I honored and cherished for more than 20 years is a profound vindication — a victory I’m proud to share with countless more couples across the country. Thanks to the Supreme Court, a period of deep injustice in this nation is coming to a close, but it’s also clear today that there is still so much work to do.

As long as discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is tolerated — whether in the seeking of a marriage license, the pursuit of fairness on the job, or the fight for equal treatment at a restaurant or business — we haven’t truly guaranteed equal justice under the law. But today’s victory proves that anything is possible, and I could not be more hopeful about the capacity of this country to change for the better.

A huge celebration out here #SCOTUS

— Jen Calfas (@JenCalfas)

Chris Geidner, Ellie Hall, and Dominic Holden are reporting from Washington, D.C. Tasneem Nashrulla is reporting from New York.

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