US Supreme Court rules states must allow same-sex marriage

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In a landmark decision, a divided Supreme Court of US ruled Friday that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, establishing a new civil right and handing gay rights advocates a victory that until very recently would have seemed unthinkable.

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In a 5-4 ruling, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority with the four liberal justices. Each of the four conservative justices wrote their own dissent.

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It also means the 14 states which had banned same-sex marriage will no longer be able to enforce them.

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President Barack Obama said the ruling was a “victory for America”.

“When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free ” he said.

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