In a decision that affects the 13 states that still ban gay marriage, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in June that it is legal for all Americans couples, no matter their sexual orientation or state of residence, to marry.
The majority opinion wrote that as an issue of individual autonomy, states should not be able to rule on marriages in this manner, and gay Americans should have a right to intimate association rather than just freedom from oppression.
The norm in the United States has changed rapidly since 2004 when Massachusetts became the first state to allow gay marriage. In 2012, Barack Obama became the first president to support marriage equality while in office.
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