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June 26, marks a major milestone for civil rights in the United States, as the Supreme Court announces its decision in Obergefell v. By one vote, the court rules that same-sex marriage cannot be banned in the United States and that all same-sex marriages must be recognized nationwide, finally granting same-sex couples equal rights to heterosexual couples under the law.

In , just two years after the Stonewall Riots that unofficially marked the beginning of the struggle for gay rights and marriage equality, the Minnesota Supreme Court had found same-sex marriage bans constitutional, a precedent which the Supreme Court had never challenged.

As homosexuality gradually became more accepted in American culture, the conservative backlash was strong enough to force President Bill Clinton to the Defense of Marriage Act DOMA , prohibiting the recognition of same-sex marriages at the federal level, into law in Over the next decade, many states banned same-sex marriage, while Vermont instituted same-sex civil unions in and Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in Gay marriage was the predominant "culture war" issue of George W.

Bush 's presidency, and even his successor Barack Obama , elected on a platform of liberal change in , did not fully endorse same-sex marriage at the time of his election. In , the Supreme Court ruled DOMA unconstitutional and declined to rule on a case regarding a California ban, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage there. Obergefell originated with a gay couple, Jim Obergefell and John Arthur, who were married in Maryland, where same-sex marriage was legal, but whose marriage was not recognized by Ohio authorities.

As often happens with Supreme Court cases, a of similar cases in Ohio and elsewhere were consolidated into what became Obergefell v. The Supreme Court heard arguments on April 28, On June 26, the court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, stating that both bans on same-sex marriages and bans on recognizing same-sex marriages were unconstitutional.

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