Marriage a ‘fundamental right’ for all, Supreme Court rules

The decision sweeps aside 14 state prohibitions on gay marriage and means couples will be entitled to marry in all 50 states.

A history of same-sex marriage in the US


// Roots of ruling extend back to raucous Beacon Hill row

Same-sex marriage took less than a generation to race from a concept that triggered battles on Beacon Hill to the law of the land.

Gary McDowell, left, and Zachary Marcus, both of Providence, R.I., displayed their newly obtained marriage certificate at City Hall in Providence.

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Timeline of gay marriage in US

In the early 1970s, there were zero states banning or allowing same-sex marriage. Now it’s legal nationwide, and all bans have been overturned.

// Roberts court surprises observers on left and right

The Supreme Court’s liberal record has left conservatives spitting fire about a GOP pick who betrayed their cause.

The crowd celebrates outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday June 26, 2015, after the court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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State-by-state reactions to the gay marriage ruling

A look at how people responded around the nation as the Supreme Court handed down its historic ruling.

// Presidential candidates split on gay marriage ruling

Some Republican candidates argue that states – not the federal government– have the right to establish their laws pertaining to marriage.

// Baker lauds marriage ruling as ‘incredibly well developed’

The Republican governor has broken with some members of his party in his support of gay marriage rights.

Marcia Kadish (left) and Tanya McCloskey were the first gay couple to be married in Cambridge after same-sex marriage was legalized in Massachusetts.

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Cambridge City Hall celebrates same-sex marriage ruling

When Massachusetts became the first state to recognize the unions, Cambridge began granting licenses at midnight.

// Looking back at the legalization of gay marriage in Mass.

Friday’s Supreme Court ruling finalizes a trend that began in Massachusetts in 2004, when the state became the first to marry gay couples.

//[1].jpg Most young Americans overwhelmingly support gay marriage

Seventy-three percent of millennials are in favor of same-sex marriage, according to a study this year.

// Ruling creates conflicting emotions in Ohio

In Ohio, the decision is a watershed moment that will force citizens to confront questions of morality, community, and family.

Healey rejoices in Supreme Court decision on marriage rights

“Families will be treated like families, no matter where they live . . . and no matter who they love,” Attorney General Maura Healey said.

// State where gay marriage started celebrates ruling

In Mass., the Supreme Court ruling brought a sense of gratitude and amazement over how quickly things had changed.

//[1]--90x90.jpg Author of 2003 gay marriage decision reflects on Supreme Court ruling

Former SJC chief justice Margaret Marshall called the decision an “exhilarating affirmation of our constitutional democracy.”

President Obama spoke in the Rose Garden of the White House on Friday.

Transcript of President Obama’s remarks on gay marriage ruling

Remarks by President Obama on the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriages, as provided by the White House.


opinion | Mary L. Bonauto

Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision should energize us

Same-sex supporters celebrated after the state Legislature voted against a ballot question to ban gay marriage in 2007.

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Today’s decision should energize us for the urgent work to achieve justice not only for all LGBT people but for all Americans.

opinion | Kent Greenfield

// Marriage equality decision was not just an intellectual exercise

Judging with feelings alone can be disastrous. But cold intellect can lead to error as well.


// A landmark affirmation of individual dignity

Friday’s decision extending same-sex marriage to all 50 states brings much-needed clarity to a decades-long cultural and political debate.

opinion | Michael J. Klarman

// Supreme Court justices have malleable view of democracy

In other cases, the dissenters in Obergefell v. Hodges have refused to defer to democratic decision-making.

opinion | Ryan T. Anderson

// Judicial activism on marriage isn’t the end — here’s what to do now

Pro-marriage citizens should follow the example of the pro-life citizens by standing up and responding to a bad court ruling.

opinion | Rev. Irene Monroe

// The welcome challenges of marriage equality

As the country battles this issue on a new front, we should hold on to Thomas Jefferson’s words about how change is required for progress.