Same-Sex Marriage Bans Lifted by Supreme Court
June 26, 2015 became a historical day when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 vote that denying same-sex marriages is unconstitutional. This was the final outcome of a long-standing legal battle between lead plaintiff James Obergefell and the Ohio Department of Health, which President Barack Obama has declared, “justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.”
According to the case summary, it was ruled that “The right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment couples of the same-sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty.”
Further, this ruling lifts all existing bans on same-sex marriage. The 14 states that previously did not grant or recognize same-sex marriage are now required to do so under the Fourteenth Amendment. County clerks across the nation have already begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
States that were affected by this ruling include:
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- Most of Missouri