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.
Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal In All 50 States
State Same-Sex Marriage State Laws Map
The Supreme Court has legalized gay marriage nationwide by ruling that the U. Constitution bars states from denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The majority opinion, authored by Kennedy, was framed as a legal interpretation of the constitutional rights of gays and lesbians. However, the decision appeared to reflect and ratify one of the most dramatic and rapid shifts in public opinion on a high-profile social issue in American history.
US Supreme Court rules in favor of gay marriage nationwide
In a landmark ruling issued in , the U. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution allows for same-sex marriage, effectively overturning remaining restrictions in place in states. Most other states had enacted constitutional or statutory bans on same-sex marriage, known as "Defense of Marriage" Acts. The following map shows state laws prior to the Supreme Court ruling:.
Stuart Weinstein does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. In a landmark decision, the nine justices of the US Supreme Court ruled that the US Constitution guarantees marriage as a right for all, including gay and lesbian couples. Although the Supreme Court was divided on the issue, this decision is just as legally binding as a unanimous one. In the case of Obergefell v.