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US Supreme Court Rules Same Sex Marriage a Constitutional Right

The US Supreme Court ruled on June 26th that marriage is a constitutional right that extends to couples of the same sex, effectively legalising same-sex marriage across the United States and making it unconstitutional for any State to ban same-sex marriage.

In his ruling, Justice Anthony Kennedy declared, “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

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