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Same sex marriage became legal

Kennedy, who delivered the opinion of the court, was joined in the majority by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

The Supreme Court on Friday legalized same-sex marriage in the United States.

In the 5-4 landmark decision, the majority of justices ruled that states must license same-sex marriages and also recognize gay marriages performed legally in other states."No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority.

As of 9 December 2017, same-sex marriage is legally recognized (nationwide or in some parts) in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Additionally, after a motion lodged by Costa Rica the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued a landmark advisory ruling in favour of same-sex marriage on 9 January 2018, which is expected to facilitate legalisation in several countries in the Americas.

However, as of 2017, South Africa is the only African country where same-sex marriage is recognized.

Almost two decades later, in June 2013, the Supreme Court struck down DOMA by declaring it unconstitutional because it barred federal recognition of gay rights.

The justices also ruled then against California's same-sex marriage ban, known as "Prop 8." Both decisions were major victories for supporters of marriage equality.

Earlier this week, the inn was declared a historic landmark.