Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Supreme Court rules same-sex couples have a right to marry in all states

Author:

In a historic victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court ruled Friday morning that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry in all 50 states.

In a 5-4 ruling, the court voted the Constitution requires same-sex couples be able to marry no matter where they live, the Washington Post reports, and that states cannot only reserve this right for heterosexual couples.

The Supreme Court used test cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee to come to its decision, the newspaper notes, with these states having had their restrictions on same-sex marriage upheld by an appeals court last year.

But the BBC notes Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, ruled that marriage is a "constitutional right" for all.

The news agency says 37 states and Washington DC already allow same-sex marriage, with Massachusetts the first to approve it 11 years ago. Minnesota's same-sex marriage bill was enacted in 2013.

After proving a polarizing subject across the nation, the New York Times reports there had been a recent swing in public opinion, with the majority of Americans now approving of same-sex marriage.

The newspaper notes that Justice Kennedy was joined by four of the court's more "liberal" justices in approving nationwide same-sex marriage, including Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.

The decision has the stamp of approval from Minnesota's U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, who said: "This is a momentous day in our country's pursuit of equality and justice.

"We still have more work to do to advance the cause of equal treatment under the law," she added, "but today's decision is a major milestone for our country and a great victory for those who have fought tirelessly to make marriage equality a reality."

At this stage it is not clear when same-sex couples will be allowed to marry in states where it was previously banned.

The landmark decision comes as the Twin Cities prepares to celebrate what will surely be an even more exuberant Pride Festival this weekend – with a whole host of events planned ahead of the traditional Sunday parade.

Sen. Al Franken issued a personal response to the decision, saying: "Being married to Franni for 39 years is the best thing that ever happened to me, and I believe that every loving couple should have the same opportunities that we have enjoyed.

"Now that marriage equality is a reality, it's long past time that Congress finish the job and pass comprehensive civil rights protections for LGBT Americans."

While same-sex marriage is already legal in Minnesota and Wisconsin, it is banned in North Dakota, but Governor Jack Dalrymple has said the state will abide by the Supreme Court ruling.

"The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is legal throughout the nation and we will abide by this federal mandate," Dalrymple told The Fargo Forum.

Next Up

18 wheeler - tractor trailer - semi truck

MN trucking firm that used 'strength tests' to screen out women drivers to pay $500K

The company will pay $500,000 and offer jobs to the women it discriminated against.

mpd suspect 12.3.21 - 1 - CROP

On-the-run man charged with murder in fatal shooting at gas station

The suspect hasn't been arrested, and court documents say he poses a risk to public safety.

coronavirus

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, December 8

The latest details from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Screen Shot 2021-12-05 at 9.27.07 AM

Couple ending festive lights display after dispute with sheriff over trespassing

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald addressed complaints from over the summer on Facebook Saturday.

st louis co missing person terry - edit

MN man, 60, still missing despite 'extensive search efforts'

Local authorities are now asking for the public's help locating the man.

uncle sven's

Beloved Uncle Sven's Comic Shoppe in St. Paul closes after 39 years

The hallway-sized shop with "a big heart" closed in late November.

Screen Shot 2021-12-06 at 9.07.03 AM

'Weird Al' Yankovic to perform in 3 Minnesota cities in the summer

The singer will make stops in Duluth, Mankato and Minneapolis.

dual citizen brewing

St. Paul brewery to require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test

Staff will also be required to wear masks and test negative for COVID.

snow, snowplow

Winter storm watch issued as Friday storm track wobbles

The latest model runs show the heaviest snow a bit north of where the watch is in place.

Cam Talbot / Minnesota Wild

Talbot leads Wild to 7th straight victory

The Wild opened a four-game road trip with a win in Edmonton.

Related

In 1971, what was the Minnesota Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage?

On Oct. 15, 1971, the Minnesota Supreme Court made an historic stand on the same-sex marriage issue. What was its ruling? For the answer, click on the headline above...

Same-sex couples cheer appeals court ruling on Defense of Marriage Act

Three same-sex couples filed a lawsuit claiming the act violates their constitutional rights to equal protection, due process and freedom of association. The district court had dismissed the lawsuit, but an appeals court on Monday sent the case back to the lower court for a new review.