The US Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, which means that each of America’s 50 States must recognise gay marriage by law.
The ruling came a little earlier than expected, with many expecting the decision to be made by the Supreme Courts on Monday. The victory was rather narrower than expected at a 5-4 ruling.
Their decision will likely send shockwaves across the United States, as States where gay marriage is currently illegal will be forced to change their laws.
The justices outlined several reasons marriage rights should be extended to same-sex couples. Arguing that the right to marriage is an individuals right “decisions about marriage are among the most intimate that an individual can make.” Adding that LGBT Americans have a right to “intimate association” – meaning simply allowing homosexuality to be legal is not sufficient, but instead gay individuals should enjoy the same rights and freedoms.
“…without the recognition, stability, and predictability marriage offers, children suffer the stigma of knowing their families are somehow lesser,” the justices continued.