Today in a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court ruled in favor of nationwide marriage equality. Citing the 14th amendment the brief handed down says “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 when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State.” Furthermore the brief indicates that the bans on same sex marriage are unconstitutional under the same premise and for the same reasons as the bans on interracial marriage prior to the Loving v. Virgina decision in 1967.
This is a historic day for the United States as well as the LGBTQ community because it now brings us in line with more than 20 other first world nations in granting universal marriage equality, and also grants a measure of security and stability to people who were afraid to move or travel due to the patchwork of laws that had been laid down. For us in Arkansas this means that the current appeal in regards to the state ban is no longer an issue as the Obergefell v. Hodges decision trumps any decision that would have been made.
We, here at TEN, applaud the decision and feel it is fitting to be handed down the day before PRIDE celebrations commence.