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Same-Sex Marriage Bans in Michigan and Around the Country Violate Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, Says SCOTUS

Today is a truly historic day.

Today is a day for celebration.

Today, on June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States decreed — by a vote of 5–4 — once and for all that marriage is an equal and fundamental civic right for all American citizens, regardless of sexual orientation and regardless of where they live.

This long-awaited decision on marriage equality

This long-awaited decision on marriage equality affects our own clients here in Michigan, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, but also families just like theirs throughout the Sixth Circuit, and the nation.

With the long and short of it, Justice Anthony Kennedy:

“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. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.

It is so ordered.

Marriages in Michigan are expected to begin immediately.

County clerks lined up by the dozen this morning, ready to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Michigan who’ve waited so long for the day they got to say ‘I do’. And now? Now, there’s no more waiting.

Congratulations, Michigan. Congratulations to us all.

Love won.

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