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Supreme Court backs gay marriage

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on June 26, 2015 at 12:44 PM

Originally published on POLITICO on June 26, 2015 by Joe Gerstein.

The landmark, 5-4 decision was authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The Supreme Court has legalized gay marriage nationwide by ruling that the U.S. Constitution bars states from denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The landmark, 5-4 decision split the court along the usual ideological lines, with Republican appointee Justice Anthony Kennedy joining the court’s liberal wing to back same-sex marriage rights and the court’s remaining GOP appointees dissenting.

The majority opinion, authored by Kennedy, was framed as a legal interpretation of the constitutional rights of gays and lesbians. However, the decision appeared to reflect and ratify one of the most dramatic and rapid shifts in public opinion on a high-profile social issue in American history.