Read the full Supreme Court decision on gay marriage

In a much-an­ti­cip­ated de­cision, the Su­preme Court ruled Fri­day that same-sex couples have a con­sti­tu­tion­al right to marry na­tion­wide without re­gard to their state’s laws.

The 5-4 opin­ion, writ­ten by Justice An­thony Kennedy, will stand as a land­mark in civil rights law and cul­min­ates a two-dec­ade long struggle for gays and les­bi­ans to win mar­riage equal­ity un­der the Con­sti­tu­tion.

Sources: Supreme Court of the United States

Credits: Ben Welsh