Reuters - Twelve of the 50 U. The U. Supreme Court was expected on Wednesday to issue rulings in two major cases relating to gay marriage. The first three states to allow gay marriage did so because of court rulings permitting it, rather than through legislative action or putting the issue to voters to decide. Since mid, six states have approved gay marriage laws by passing laws in state legislatures and three states by ballot initiatives. In California, same-sex marriage was legal briefly in following a court ruling permitting it.
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Gay Marriage Is Legal in All 50 States: Supreme Court
In the landmark decision, the majority of justices ruled that states must license same-sex marriages and also recognize gay marriages performed legally in other states. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. Each filed their own dissenting opinion. The decision upholds the Fourteenth Amendment that requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out of state, according to the court document. The Constitution grants them that right," the majority wrote. Prior to the ruling, the nine-justice court seemed split, with four supposedly opposing and four supporting. Kennedy, who wrote the court's previous three decisions on gay rights, had been the likely deciding vote.
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Advertisement Close X. The ruling effectively legalized gay marriage in every state. Just a few years ago, the fight for marriage equality looked incredibly bleak.