The Supreme Court's historic ruling on same-sex marriage has been coming on a while, and legislative progress affirmed clearly shifting perceptions of people in general, despite the odd Republican tantrum. Here are some reasons why the court's decision will change the lives of those who support gay rights.
Same-sex marriages to be recognized uniformly across all states
The judgment removes the bizarre, patched nature of legal recognition that same-sex couples have been granted in the country, leaving no doubt that they have the fundamental right to marry and they also have protection under the 14th Amendment, saving them from state-by-state prerogatives.
Cements federal court rulings
Federal court rulings legalizing same-sex marriage in a number of states, and facing challenges, are now upheld, thanks to the high court's decision.
A potential stepping stone to further reform
With this massive legislative victory, same-sex couples now have a solid foundation to fight for further recognition and protection under the law, most notably those that deal with employment or workplace discrimination.
Recognition of same-sex couples' rights to marry is a significant step forward towards equality and a great win for those looking to end discrimination in society and law. Having the backing of the high court could herald easier lives, now, for the gay community.