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SUPREME COURT RECOGNIZES CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO MARRIAGE EQUALITY

Yesterday the United States Supreme Court held that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry in all 50 states. Beranbaum Menken associate Grace Cretcher played a small role in this result; when she served as law clerk to District Court Judge Timothy S. Black of the Southern District of Ohio, she helped draft the court’s decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which held that under the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses, same-sex couples have the same right to civil marriages enjoyed by heterosexual couples. Obergefell was eventually appealed to the Supreme Court, and today Judge Black’s decision was affirmed. Congratulations to Grace, to everyone who helped this victory come about, and above all to all those Americans whose long-sought rights have finally been vindicated.