Same-Sex Marriage Declared Legal In All States

2015

In a historic 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court decides in Obergefell v. Hodges that states cannot prevent same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. The majority opinion, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, says that the right to marry is fundamental and that under the 14th Amendment, “couples of the same-sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty.”