SCOTUS votes 5-4 that gay marriage bans violate equal protection, demean the dignity of gay couples, and inflict harm upon children. Also, all that "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" jazz.

Princess Bride quotes are still appropriate on huge news days, right? (via)

State bans on same-sex marriage across the country have been struck down based on the promise of equal protection under the law enshrined in the Constitution. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the decision (which you can read here) after concurring with four of his more liberal peers in a case filed by same-sex couples in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. The decision will ultimately render all state bans unconstitutional, however, not just the ones directly related to this case. It's unclear what the timeframe is for the changes to go into effect—but now that the Supremes have weighed in, it's only a question of when, and the answer is "pretty darn soon."