It’s official: State prohibitions on same-sex marriage violate the Constitution, the Supreme Court has ruled, marking a massive victory for gay rights in America.
The Supreme Court will be putting the finishes touches on an “historic term,” The Washington Post says, as a landmark ruling on same-sex marriage is set to be announced.
So far, lower-court rulings in 36 states have given gay couples the right to marry, although many people still oppose it. Even so, as the newspaper notes, public opinion polls recorded a surge with approval for same-sex marriages.
The court on Thursday also said that the protections of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 extend beyond policies that are intentionally discriminatory and forbid actions that appear neutral but have the effect of harming minorities.
Furthermore, the Supreme Court upheld a major part of the Affordable Care Act that says subsidies meant to help low- and middle-income citizens buy health insurance are available to anyone who qualifies, not just to Americans in the states that have set up insurance marketplaces.