US Supreme Court (finally) rules gay marriage is legal nationwide


The US Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is legal across the United States.

In a historic decision, passed by five votes to four, the court ruled that marriage is constitutional for all, bypassing individual state laws.

Gay couples could only marry in 37 states in addition to Washington DC before the judgement.

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Gay marriage supporters await Supreme Court ruling (Picture: EPA)

‘No union is more profound than marriage,’ wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy in the majority opinion.

The decision is the culmination of decades of litigation and activism and came against the backdrop of fast-changing attitudes towards same-sex marriage, with recent polls suggesting the majority of Americans support same-sex partnerships.

The White House changed their Twitter and Facebook pictures to a White House with rainbow colouring.

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