US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is a legal right across the United States in 5-4 decision.

From Justice Kennedy:

Marriage is sacred to those who live by their religions and offers unique fulfillment to those who find meaning in the secular realm. Its dynamic allows two people to find a life that could not be found alone, for a marriage becomes greater than just the two persons. Rising from the most basic human needs, marriage is essential to our most profound hopes and aspirations.

Far from seeking to devalue marriage, the petitioners seek it for themselves because of their respect—and need—for its privileges and responsibilities. And their immutable nature dictates that same-sex marriage is their only real path to this profound commitment.

The ancient origins of marriage confirm its centrality, but it has not stood in isolation from developments in law and society. The history of marriage is one of both continuity and change. That institution—even as confined to opposite-sex relations—has evolved over time.

Read the full text of the Supreme Court's decision on gay marriage here.

Despite the ruling, states like Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana are creating resistance. Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell in Louisiana called the ruling “yet another example of … federal government intrusion into what should be a state issue.” Nothing about the Supreme Court's ruling makes the mandate immediate, he says.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says "“The Supreme Court’s decision is not immediately effective in Mississippi." And to avoid marrying gay couples in Pike County Alabama, Probate Judge Wes Allen has vowed to stop issuing marriage licenses to everybody.