NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – From coast to coast, same-sex marriage is now the law of the land.
Five of the nine Supreme Court Justices determined that gay couples have a constitutional right to get married. “I think it will affect benefits, companies with health care, things like that. I think everyone is adjusting. There’s a lot more going on and to worry about than who’s married to who,” said Tracy Manita of Ashby.
The Justices interpreted the 14th amendment and ruled states cannot with-hold marriage licenses from same sex couples. “If you’re married in one state and your job or career takes you to another state and you cannot be married in that other state, that’s not fair,” said Raymond Peck of Chicopee.
Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage 11 years ago. Since then, 36 other states have followed suit. One man from Florida told 22News, the legalization of gay marriage should be left up to the states. “Socially and morally, I don’t really have a position either way. From a legal perspective, I’ve always felt it was a state’s right issue on letting each state decide what should be considered a marriage or not,” he said.
Moderate Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the opinion of the court and was joined by the court’s four liberal justices. The four justices that dissented said the 14th amendment does not give same-sex couples a constitutional right to marriage. However many people are celebrating this as a win for equality.