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The Court’s Legal Justification For this Ruling
The Court justified its ruling requiring States to both license and recognize same-sex unions on four pillars. They are:1
- individual autonomy and liberty
- a two-person union is important to individuals
- it safeguards children and families
- it safeguards social order
These arguments, and the dissenting opinion, are analyzed below. Read more about An Analysis of the Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Decision, Part 2