Same-Sex Marriage is Constitutional Right!

In a 5 to 4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges and three related decisions that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.

In the landmark decision marking a historic culmination of a long, hard, fight by the LGBT community, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote, in the majority opinion, that “[n]o union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family” and that “[i]t would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage ... Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

We at Kokensparger + Ryan fought hard against the Ohio Defense of Marriage Act from the time it was first introduced in December of 2003 through it's passage and signature into law by Governor Taft, we spoke out against State Issue #1 in November of 2004 as nothing more than hate legislation with no positive value, and we have continued to support the right of every Ohioan to marry.

Today, we are proud to congratulate the U.S. Supreme Court, the LGBT community, and all citizens of our great country on this momentous step in support of basic human rights.