WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 26) — The U.S. Supreme Court this morning ruled that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage, SCOTUSblog reports. The 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges finds that the court has long recognized the right to marry as a fundamental right, and that all of the same principles on which it has relied in cases involving opposite-sex couples should apply equally to same-sex marriages and the recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages.

The opinion also responds to several criticisms, including the argument that the issue should be decided by voters and that churches and other groups that oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds will be forced to perform or recognize those marriages. The four dissenting justices each filed their own opinion. Chief Justice John Roberts read a summary of his dissent from the bench – the first time he has ever done so.

Ruling Draws Mixed Reaction in Tennessee

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In localities across the state, same-sex couples sought and obtained marriage licenses. Here is a wrap up of reports:

CLE: Marriage Equality in Tennessee: Tanco v. Haslam

Want to learn more? TBA CLE is presenting a webcast on the impact of the case on July 2. Speakers will address the preliminary injunction, oral arguments and opinion from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the oral arguments and opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court. Other topics will include how the decision will be implemented in Tennessee, how the decision will affect Tennessee's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and how other states are handling these changes.

The TBA's LGBT Section also will focus on The Post Tanco World with the LGBT Law Annual Forum on Sept. 18.

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