Supreme Court ruled Friday that gay and lesbian couples across the country have a constitutional right to marry. At least 36 states plus the District of Columbia currently recognize gay marriage in some form. The other states, meanwhile, passed state laws banning same-sex marriage. Two questions in particular were facing the Supreme Court ahead of its decision: Does any part of the Fourteenth Amendment, with its guarantees of equal protection and due process, compel states to perform same-sex marriages? And -- if not -- are states required to at least recognize same-sex marriages performed in another state?
Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling turns 5: Acceptance, advancement, but opposition remains
Court Overturns DOMA, Sidesteps Broad Gay Marriage Ruling : The Two-Way : NPR
Conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by fellow conservative Justice Samuel Alito, argued in a Monday statement that the landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide was improperly decided and suggested the court should "fix" the decision. The statement, written by Thomas and joined by Alito, was attached to a decision from the top court allowing a lower court's ruling against Kim Davis to stand. Davis was a county clerk in Kentucky who infamously refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of her religious objections. Although Thomas and Alito joined the majority in rejecting Davis' case, they argued that it raised important questions about Obergefell v. Hodges —which legalized same-sex marriage across the country.
Court Overturns DOMA, Sidesteps Broad Gay Marriage Ruling
Eyder Peralta. The Supreme Court issued rulings on two highly-anticipated cases on gay marriage today. By , it ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional.
Obergefell v. Hodges , U. The 5—4 ruling requires all fifty states , the District of Columbia , and the Insular Areas to perform and recognize the marriages of same-sex couples on the same terms and conditions as the marriages of opposite-sex couples, with all the accompanying rights and responsibilities.