In a 5-4 decision handed down on Friday morning, the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution makes same-sex marriage a right in the United States. "The decision, the culmination of decades of litigation and activism," the New York Times' Supreme Court reporter, Adam Liptak, wrote, "came against the backdrop of fast-moving changes in public opinion, with polls indicating that most Americans now approve of same-sex marriage."
That's certainly backed up by some of our own work on the subject here at Pacific Standard, where we wrote late last year about how politicians and legislatures have been closely following public opinion on this issue for years.
"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family," Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion. "In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were." Kennedy was joined in his decision by the four more liberal justices.
PACIFIC STANDARD COVERAGE OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
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