As of June 26, 2015, same-sex couples may now be granted a marriage license
in all fifty states in the U.S. This comes after the U.S. Supreme Court
ruling regarding the
Obergefell v. Hodges case, where the decision was made with a close 5-4 vote. Not only can same-sex
couples now get married in states where it was previously banned, but
their marriages will not be required to be recognized in every state as well.
This decision greatly affects the 14 states where a same-sex marriage ban
was in place, including Georgia, Texas, Tennessee, North Dakota, South
Dakota, Mississippi, most of Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Alabama, Arkansas,
Michigan, Louisiana and Ohio. President Barack Obama commented on this
historic decision, calling it “justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.”
For many, this was a joyous occasion and within hours of the decision
being announced, same-sex couples were granted marriage licenses from
county clerks throughout the country.
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