In this move the Supreme Court also let stand the rulings of the Circuit Courts that had struck down same sex marriage bans in five states.
The result is astounding— for the first time ever, the right to marry whomever you love has been effectively legalized for a majority of the United States population.
While couples across the country crowded churches and courtrooms to say their vows, executive orders from officials directed state agencies to comply with the federal ruling.
Here are the states that were affected by Monday’s ruling: On Tuesday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, legalizing same-sex marriage in Idaho and Nevada.
With each Circuit Court in charge of multiple states, legal experts expect the total number of states where same-sex marriage is allowed to soon grow to 35.