Today, the Supreme Court delivered a historic victory for same-sex marriages and overall gay rights. The decision was 5 to 4 that the Constitution required that same-sex couples are now allowed to marry no matter what state they are in, making them equal to heterosexual couples. 

It is probably the most important single piece of civil rights passed in this modern era. Some critics said the courts had sent the country into uncharted territory by changing the traditional definition of marriage.

Below is some more info about the decision:

“Under the Constitution, same-sex couples seek in marriage the same legal treatment as opposite-sex couples, and it would disparage their choices and diminish their personhood to deny them this right,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion. He was joined in the ruling by the court’s liberal justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

All four of the court’s most conservative members — Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. — dissented and each wrote a separate opinion, saying the court had usurped a power that belongs to the people.

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