SAME SEX MARRIAGES ARE EQUAL

The United States Supreme Court ruled yesterday that same-sex marriages is a right under U.S. Law. This decision, coupled with previous rulings, now puts gay couples on even par with traditional married couples across the nation. A verbatim sampling of news coverage from selected papers is as follows:

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

The Supreme Court ruled Friday in favor of marriage equality, meaning that the states cannot bar gays and lesbians from getting married.

It also means states must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia.

The court’s ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

NEW YORK TIMES

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WASHINGTON — In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in the 5 to 4 decision. He was joined by the court’s four more liberal justices.

The decision, the culmination of decades of litigation and activism, came against the backdrop of fast-moving changes in public opinion, with polls indicating that most Americans now approve of same-sex marriage.

WASHINGTON POST

The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples      have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.

Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, just as he did in the court’s previous three major gay rights cases dating back to 1996. It came on the anniversary of two of those earlier decisions.

“No union is more profound than marriage,” Kennedy wrote, joined by the court’s four more liberal justices.

BBC World News

The US Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is a legal right across the United States.

In a landmark 5-4 decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy writing for the majority ruled that marriage is a constitutional right for all.”No union is more profound than marriage,” he wrote, backed by the court’s four more liberal justices.

It is unclear how soon marriage licences will be issued in states where gay unions were previously prohibited.

Before the ruling on Thursday, gay couples could marry in 37 states in addition to Washington DC.

Loud cheers erupted outside the court after the ruling was announced, said the BBC’s Paul Blake at the Supreme Court.

LA TIMES

The 5-4 opinion, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, will stand as a landmark in civil rights law and culminates a two-decade long struggle for gays and lesbians to win marriage equality under the Constitution.

“The right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of a person,” Kennedy said, and “under the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment, couples of the same sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty.”

“The Court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry,” Kennedy said.

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family,” Kennedy wrote. “In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. Same sex couples “ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

MINEAPOLIS TRIBUNE

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.

Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, just as he did in the court’s previous three major gay rights cases dating back to 1996. It came on the anniversary of two of those earlier decisions.

“No union is more profound than marriage,” Kennedy wrote, joined by the court’s four more liberal justices.

The stories of the people asking for the right to marry “reveal that they seek not to denigrate marriage but rather to live their lives, or honor their spouses’ memory, joined by its bond,” Kennedy said.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

In a historic victory for gay rights, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Friday that gays and lesbians have the constitutional right to marry their chosen partner.

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex marriage must be legal and recognized in every state, added a new chapter to a simmering fight over marriage equality. The vote was 5-4, with Justice Anthony Kennedy– the traditional swing vote – writing for the majority that marriage is a “fundamental right” that cannot be denied because of the gender of a would-be spouse.

The ruling strikes down bans in Texas and other states, and hinged on whether the Constitution’s assurances of equal protection under the law requires states to license same-sex marriages and to recognize such marriages created outside their jurisdictions.

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