Supreme Court: Same-Sex Couples Have Right To Marry In All 50 States

CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS/AP) – The United States Supreme Court overturned bans on same-sex marriage Friday, which means gay couples now have the right to marry in all 50 states.

Read:The Supreme Court Decision

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 ruling will not take effect immediately because the court gives the losing side roughly three weeks to ask for reconsideration. But some state officials and county clerks might decide there is little risk in issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

‘NO UNION MORE PROFOUND THAN 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…

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