This morning, America took a giant leap toward fulfilling its promise as the home of liberty and justice for all, as the Supreme Court ruled in favor of federal marriage equality.
The justices determined that the 14th Amendment guarantees same sex couples the right to marry, making bans on marriage equality unconstitutional and bringing the freedom to marry to all 50 states and U.S. territories.
“Today’s ruling is a transformative triumph decades in the making, a momentous victory for freedom, equality, inclusion, and above all, love,” said Freedom to Marry’s Evan Wolfson. “Today the Liberty Bell rings alongside wedding bells across an ocean of joy.”
The plaintiffs in Obergefell v Hodge were challenging laws in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee, but the SCOTUS ruling finally undoes the bans in all 14 states that still have them.
There are still questions to be answered: How soon can couples marry? How will anti-equality forces fight back?
But let’s take a moment to savor this victory, and remember the hard work of those who brought us to this day—and the hard work still ahead to achieve full equality for all.
We’ll be reporting on this momentous story throughout the day.