The first line of the U. Hodges, on the legality of same-sex marriage in the United States, is as breathtaking as it is legalistic. The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State. There it is, the ruling that gay-marriage advocates and opponents have been waiting for since April when the Court took up the case—but really, for years long before that. There is now a constitutional right for people of the same sex to get married in the United States. Virginia , which outlawed bans on interracial marriage.
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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. After all district courts ruled for the plaintiffs, the rulings were appealed to the Sixth Circuit.
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The disputes have put religious freedom center stage and may provide clues about how the justices will handle a blockbuster case involving same-sex couples. More: Supreme Court hears Philadelphia foster parent dispute. Six years later: The impact of the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling. It became clear soon enough. Catholic Charities was the only foster agency available for the migrant children.
Hodges ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all states. Friday, the nation remember the historic decision. Former South Bend Mayor and the first openly gay presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg, tweeted, "Five years ago today, by the grace of a single vote on the Supreme Court, the freedom to marry became real for millions of us.