In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has ruled same-sex couples share the constitutional right to marry and that states cannot refuse to issue them marriage licenses.
Voting in the majority: Justices Anthony Kennedy, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Each of the four dissenters (Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts) wrote a dissent.
This ruling effectively overturns gay marriage bans in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan. Same-sex marriage should also resume in Alabama (take that Roy Moore!)
The ruling also means states must recognize marriages entered by same-sex couples outside the state.
SCOTUS marriage equality opinion
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