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Same-sex marriage became legal across the whole of the United States after a historic Supreme Court ruling that declared attempts by conservative states to ban the unions unconstitutional.

The Guardian reports:

In what may prove the most important civil rights case in a generation, five of the nine court justices determined that the right to marriage equality was enshrined under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment.

Victory in the case – known as Obergefell v Hodges, after an Ohio man who sued the state to get his name listed on his late husband’s death certificate – caps years of campaigning by LGBT rights activists, high-powered attorneys and couples waiting decades for the justices to rule.

The ruling, in which justice Anthony Kennedy cast the deciding vote, means the number of states where gay marriage is legal will rise from 37 states to all 50.

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— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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