Today is the two year anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark Supreme Court case that declared
same-sex marriage legal across the entire United States on June 26, 2015!
On the night of June 26, 2015, the White House was lit up in rainbow colors to celebrate the fact that same-sex marriage had been made legal across the entire United States of America (x).
The case that would eventually change American history began
on July 11, 2013 when James Obergefell and John Arthur were married in
Maryland. When they found out that their marriage was considered
null because same-sex marriage was not legal in their home state of Ohio, James and John sued the state. The Obergefell team eventually teamed up with the
plaintiffs of DeBoer v. Snyder and Tanco v. Haslam, two other cases that also
dealt with same-sex couple marriage rights, and a petition for writs of
certiorari was filed with the Supreme Court. On January 16, 2015, it was
decided that the Supreme Court would review the state laws outlawing same-sex marriage
as one case. After the arguments were heard in April of that year it took the Court
two months to come to a decision; On June 26, 2015, the court came to a 5-4
decision and it was declared that the Fourteenth Amendment demands all states
grant same-sex marriages. The declaring document reads:
is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love,
fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family…It would misunderstand these men and women
to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect
it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves.
Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of
civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of
the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgement of the Court of
Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. It is so ordered.”