Supreme Court grants marriage equality in all 50 states

By Jessica Broverman, Editor

As of Friday, June 26 2015, it is now legal for all Americans, no matter what their sexual orientation or gender, to marry the person they love.

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Friday morning that this law be instated in all 50 states. The law is listed under the 14th Amendment and cites that couples will receive equal protection and due process.

Extending the right to marry protects families and “without the recognition, stability, and predictability marriage offers, children suffer the stigma of knowing their families are somehow lesser,” the justices wrote this morning.

West Liberty students also had comments about the new law. “Lately I’ve been questioning America, but here is something that makes me happy to say I live in the U.S,” said Miranda Tharp, WLU student.

Crystal Davis, another student of West Liberty stated, “It’s a great day for change and equality.”

The legal battles for marriage equality began in 1969 and have been on a mission ever since. Rights for marriage equality that have been denied include Medicaid, spousal and child support, and the right to serve openly in the military.

As the majority wrote in its opinion, the petitioners’ “hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

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