In a landmark opinion, the Supreme Court rules today that states cannot ban same-sex marriage. The majority opinion in the 5-4 decision was written by Justice Anthony Kennedy.  Today’s ruling overturned a decision from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, which said states had legitimate reasons for maintaining the traditional definition of marriage.

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were,” Kennedy wrote. “As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death.”

A total of 36 states now permit gay couples to get married. Today’s ruling means the bans must end in the other 14 states — Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.

We will provide you with a more in-depth look at the Supreme Court’s holding after we have a chance to review and analyze the entire opinion.

To see our previous discussion of the legalization of same-sex marriage after the Windsor decision in 2013, see our blog post here:

When a Woman Loves a Woman (With Apologies to Percy Sledge…): The Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA

And you can also see our prior discussions of planning for same-sex married couples here:

IRS Announcement Regarding Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages

Same-Sex Couples: What To Do Now if Considering Marriage?

Same-Sex Married Couples: What to Do Now?