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SCOTUS Strikes down Kentucky's gay marriage ban; legalizes gay marriage in all 50 states

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Supporters, protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court in April as the arguments were held for and against same-sex marriage (April 28, 2015 WDRB Photo). Supporters, protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court in April as the arguments were held for and against same-sex marriage (April 28, 2015 WDRB Photo).
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Gay marriage is now legal in all 50 states after one of the most pivotal rulings in the U.S. Supreme Court's 200 year history. The decision means Kentucky's ban on gay marriage – along with those in 12 other states – has been effectively struck down.

As expected, the nine justices waited until the very last days of the 2015 term to issue an opinion in what could be called one of the most controversial decisions the court has ever made.

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Louisville couples became part of history when the case was argued in Washington this April. Six plaintiffs from Kentucky joined plaintiffs from Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee in a multi-state case that forced the Supreme Court to pass down a ruling on the contentious issue.

Same-sex couples wanted the court to declare that gay and lesbian couples can marry anywhere in the United States. While the states of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee countered by asking the court to uphold bans on same-sex marriage and allow the political process, not the courts, to handle major societal changes.

Advocates of gay marriage say the case was about equality and fundamental rights, while those against it say it violates a sacred institution and disregards states' rights.

The Kentucky couples who brought the case to the Supreme Court simply described it as something bigger than themselves.

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