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Supreme Court says they do to same-sex marriage

Aaron Huntsman (left) and William Lee Jones are married on the Key West courthouse steps on Jan. 6.
Aaron Huntsman (left) and William Lee Jones are married on the Key West courthouse steps on Jan. 6.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Friday that same-sex marriage is protected under the U.S. Constitution, ending the remaining bans in the states that don't allow it.



"They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority. "The Constitution grants them that right."

Joining him were justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayer. In the minority were Chief Justice John Roberts and justices Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas.



Same-sex marriage in Florida has been legal since January, when state Attorney General Pam Bondi dropped appeals in several cases challenging Florida's same-sex marriage ban. Statewide voters approved the ban in 2008.



Friday's decision grew out of an Ohio lawsuit.

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