U.S. Supreme Court rules that all couples must have the freedom to marry
This morning, the Supreme Court of the United States delivered one of its most historic and consequential decisions in American history, guaranteeing the civil rights of same-sex couples to marry, and have those marriages legally recognized, in all 50 states.
“The right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the… Fourteenth Amendment, couples of the same-sex may not be deprived that right and that liberty.” –
Obergefell v. Hodges, 2015
“In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than they once were,” said Justice Anthony Kennedy. “No union is more profound than marriage.”
The United States now joins 20 nations worldwide who have approved the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.
“Today, the United States Supreme Court held with a long-standing tradition to make ours a more just and equal society,” said Scott Gunkel, president of Milwaukee Pride, Inc. “As we celebrate this tremendous victory for same-sex couples across the country, we also must recognize that the fight for LGBT civil rights does not end with marriage”
“It is now time for Wisconsinites to stand up and say that hate and discrimination have no place, anywhere, in our state constitution.”
Since 2004, momentum for marriage equality has grown across the nation, with state-level legalization in 36 states and the District of Columbia. Today’s decision, from the highest court in the land, asserts Supreme Court jurisdiction, overturns state-level bans, and effectively ends the legal battle against marriage equality in the United States.