Supreme Court backs same sex marriage in a 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges
On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court decided in favor of marriage equality. SCOTUSblog, the leader in Supreme Court news and legal analysis tweeted the ruling.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, as predicted, was the swing vote in the 5-4 decision that fell along conservative and liberal lines.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the dissent and expressed dismay that the issue was decided by the court, and not through a democratic process.
The case marked the culmination of a long battle by Jim Obergefell, who legally married John Arthur in Maryland, but was denied widower’s rights when his husband died in Ohio.
President Obama hailed the ruling.
Reaction on social media was ebullient, filled with emoticons and images of celebration with the hashtag, #lovewins.
Celebrities chimed in their support of the decision.
The Republican presidential candidates expressed disappointment in the ruling objecting on religious reasons and citing state’s rights.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton marked the moment by wrapping her logo in a rainbow, the symbol of the gay rights movement. Her stance toward the issue has shifted gradually, only fully supporting gay marriage in 2013.
The case will surely go down in the history books as an important legal landmark, one perhaps as significant as Brown v. Board of Education or Roe v. Wade. Whether it was a victory for civil rights or a defeat for religious liberty and state’s rights, this day undeniably marked a milestone for the nation.