U.S. Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage

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In my intro to Creative Loafing's 2015 Pride Issue, which hit the streets yesterday, I had to do some hemming and hawing when it came to the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, which had not been issued at the time we published.

Today I had the distinct pleasure of adding the following update to that intro:

UPDATE: ON FRIDAY JUNE 26 THE SUPREME COURT ISSUED A DECISION MAKING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LEGAL IN ALL 50 STATES. SO CONSIDER US IN FULL-ON, DEFINITIVE CELEBRATORY MODE. WE WON! And by we, I mean everybody who believes in the ideals this country was founded upon. To quote Justice Anthony Kennedy's majority opinion, "The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity." Justice Antonin Scalia, responding to this statement, said it made him want to hide his head in a bag. If only.

Here's the decision. And here's the key sentence: "The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State."

It's going to be one hell of a Pride party this weekend.

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