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SLIDESHOW: How the Supreme Court justices voted


By a five-to-four vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples nationwide have the right to marry in all 50 U.S. states.

The justices said states cannot ban same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court case came after several lower courts overturned state bans on same-sex marriage.

You can read the full decision as well as the court's opinions by clicking on the link below. You can also see how each justice voted by going through the slideshow.

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From the opinions:

Majority Opinion, delivered by Majority Leader Anthony Kennedy

"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."

Minority Opinion, delivered by Chief Justice Roberts

"If you are among the many Americans—of whatever sexual orientation—who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today's decision. Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits. But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it."

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