Today marks the five-year anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges, the historic Supreme Court decision affirming the nationwide freedom for same-sex couples to marry.
On this day five years ago, LGBTQ individuals and allies paraded into the streets flying colorful flags, and buildings throughout U.S. cities cast glittering rainbows across skylines.
This landmark case upheld the notion that same-sex marriage was covered by the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. It guaranteed marriage as a fundamental liberty—therefore, protecting the right to marry, whether it is a same-sex or opposite-sex union.
Prior to the Court’s decision, groups of same-sex couples tried the avenue of suing individual state agencies in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee, challenging the constitutionality of their refusal to recognize or legitimize…