Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KUSI) – In a landmark 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court on Friday ruled that same-sex couples will now have the right to marry in all 50 states across the country. Couples of the same sex already had the right to marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia before Friday’s ruling. As a result of the court’s decision, the remaining 14 states can no longer enforce their bans on same-sex marriage.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion on the ruling. 

The leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese in San Diego spoke out Friday. 

He said that the church will continue to teach that marriage is a bond between one man and one woman and that, “The Catholic community of San Diego and Imperial counties will continue to honor and embody the uniqueness of marriage between one man and one woman as a gift from God — in our teaching, our sacramental life and our witness to  the world. We will do so in a manner which profoundly respects at every moment the loving and familial relationships which enrich the lives of so many gay men and women who are our sons and daughters, our sisters and brothers, and ultimately our fellow pilgrims on this earthly journey of life.”

Bonnie Dumanis, San Diego’s District Attorney who is has been married to her partner for nearly seven years, was in attendance when the U.S. Supreme Court made its ruling. 

“The ruling is confirmation from the highest court in the land that the Constitution’s guarantee of equal rights under the law extends to every

American, regardless of whom you choose to love. It’s also a victory for all of those individuals who’ve had the courage to live their lives openly and authentically, working for many years to secure equality for the LGBT community,” Dumanis said.

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