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SCOTUS passes same-sex marriage with flying rainbow colors

The Supreme Court of the United States JUST made its ruling on same-sex marriage and they said YES. This means that ANY couple--regardless of gender--can marry each other legally ANYWHERE in the United States. This means that the thirteen states that still banned same-sex marriage now must legalize it. This means that New York City's gay pride march this weekend is going to be one hell of a party. 

This is a huge milestone in Supreme Court history that many people didn't think they'd see in their lifetime. The case of Obergefell vs. Hodges came to their chamber in January. The case compelled a nationwide decision to be made on marriage equality. The vote came down to a 5-4 decision, which means that the more conservative side of the court isn't very happy right now. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion that stated in it: 

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. 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.

Crowds awaited the decision just outside of the Supreme Court and as soon as Justice Kennedy said, "I do" the flags started waving and the tweets started streaming. Congrats to everyone in the United States today that wants to get married, because guess what? You can! (Unless you're siblings, that's still a no-no.)

Here are just few of my favorite tweets since the announcement: 

This is big news in the United States as well as a global victory for equality. Marriage equality is still a long way from being universal around the world, but the US getting on board is a big step in the right direction.