In a historic decision, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Friday that same-sex marriage is legal across the United States.
The decision’s summary stated that “The fundamental liberties protected by the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause extend to certain personal choices central to individual dignity and autonomy, including intimate choices defining personal identity and beliefs.”
“The court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion.
Massachusetts became the first state to recognize same-sex marriage in 2003, and since then states have shifted in a similar direction. So far, 37 states and the District of Columbia have allowed same-sex marriage.
The case of Obergefell v. Hodges was brought by lead plaintiff Jim Obergefell, who sought to be listed as the surviving spouse on his husband’s death certificate but discovered legal challenges regarding his home recognizing marriage performed in an outside state.
The ruling in its entirety can be read here.