Supreme Court rules same-sex couples have right to marry

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.

Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court's ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally.

President Obama is expected to speak at 10 a.m. from the White House Rose Garden on the ruling.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, just as he did in the court's previous three major gay rights cases dating back to 1996.

Full opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court

Reaction:

The City of Chicago applauds and celebrates today’s historic decision by the United States Supreme Court. By ruling that every American has a right to marry whomever they love regardless of where they live, today marks one of the great civil rights victories of our time. It is a victory for America’s true values of treating everyone equally under the law.  I want to thank every resident of the City of Chicago who fought to make today’s historic victory possible.

-Mayor Rahm Emanuel

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