Friday, June 26, 2015

Obergefell v. Hodges—The Supreme Court & Marriage Equality

A crowds in front of the Supreme Court on 28 April 2015, the day the Court heard oral argument in Obergefell v. Hodges. PHOTO: Fabrizio di Piazza

Today, in a 5-to-4 decision written by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the Supreme Court ruled that the Fourteen Amendment's Equal Protection clause requires individual states to (1) issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in their own state and (2) recognize marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples by other states.

Read the Opinion below and at the Supreme Court's Web site. For more on the case, visit SCOTUSblog's Obergefell v. Hodges case page.

Jim Obergefell, named plaintiff in the marriage equality cases (Obergefell v. Hodges and consolidated cases) before the Supreme Court this Term, speaks to media after the Court heard oral argument in Obergefell. To Mr Obergefell's immediate right are Mary Bonauto and Doug Hallward-Driemeier, attorneys who argued for Petitioners in the case. PHOTO: Fabrizio di Piazza