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Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage Nationwide

It is a joyous day at the Shelton & Deon Law Group!

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that it is legal for all Americans, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, to marry the people they love. The decision is a historic victory for gay rights activists who have fought for years in the lower courts.

Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia already recognize marriage equality. The remaining 13 states – including Michigan – had banned these unions, even as public support has reached record levels nationwide. The justices found that under the 14th Amendment, states must

The justices found that under the 14th Amendment, states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize same-sex unions legally performed in other states.  Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered the majority opinion and was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor. From a legal perspective, this expansion of basic civil rights to the LGBT community is groundbreaking.  From a personal perspective, it is everything.

From a legal perspective, this expansion of basic civil rights to the LGBT community is groundbreaking. From a personal perspective, it is everything.

 

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