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Today, in a 5-4 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges , the United States Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples have the right to get married in all 50 states. People are pretty excited, but some are wondering how we got to this point. While we don’t have a law degree, we have GIFs and a love of RuPaul’s Drag Race. So, we’re here to explain it to you the best way we know how.

Today’s Supreme Court Ruling
Explained by RuPaul GIFs

Gay people wanted to get married.

But then some politicians said that they couldn’t.

And while the Supreme Court had partially decided marriage two years ago in ‘Windsor’, there was still some unresolved issues.


So the gays sued.

And the gays won, but the anti-gay foes were angry, so they took it to the appeals courts.

The anti-gay side had some pretty lousy arguments.

Court after court ruled for the gays, but then one didn’t.

So, the discrepancy between court rulings meant that it needed to be taken up by the Supremes to settle it once and for all.

Plaintiffs and Defendants entered oral arguments.

As per tradition, the Justices listen, but often interrupt arguments to make constitutional points.

And to ask questions of the lawyers.

If they aren’t on their game, the lawyers could be caught off guard.

The whole process is meant to push those arguing before the court to self-examine their arguments.

Justices try not to give away what they’re thinking. But, occasionally, they’ll signal a sign to an argument they agree with.

After arguments from both sides, and questions from the Bench, the Justices wrap up the session.

Then debate among themselves.

They argue the Constitution with each other and try to persuade other Justices to join with their side.

While the entire nation basically untucks and waits.

And arguments by those on opposing sides get heated on social media and TV.

And we so can’t even.

No one knows the day the ruling will come down, so the crowds turn up day after day.

After day.

But, everyone had a hunch that the decision might be today. The Supreme Court usually doesn’t issue Opinions on this day, but it was the anniversary of the pro-marriage decision in ‘Windsor’ as well as the anniversary of ‘Lawrence vs. Texas’ which decriminalized homosexuality in 2003 (just 2003, people). So, EVERYONE shows up looking their best and waving rainbow and American flags.

PLUS…people have a feeling that Justice Kennedy may have scheduled this date to coincide with the anniversaries in those decisions, as he has a penchant for history and dramatic flair.

The Supreme Court Interns run out of the building to deliver printed copies of the decision to waiting reporters. For a brief second, these kids are the star of the runway and everyone – on both sides – cheer.

After years of litigation, the ruling has come down.

The decision is 5-4, with Kennedy writing the Majority Opinion. It’s marriage equality in all 50 states.

The gays were estactic.

People are particularly excited about Justice Kennedy’s moving and beautiful descent.

And everybody leaves work early to see friends, family and hit the bars to celebrate.

And already-married gays go home and hug their kids.

But then there was the other side..the people arguing that marriage could ONLY be between a man and a women. Nothing else.

And while some politicians have vowed to buck the Supreme Court and the Constitution, they can’t. All states will have to comply with the ruling.

And yes, some people will still personally hate the gays.

But, love is love.

Can I get an amen?

Now, let the music play.

ponylittleThe Brightest Young Gays are a team which cover LGBT nightlife in DC for BYT. If you’d like to send them a gay marriage proposal, or learn more about queer nightlight in Washington, DC, then connect on Twitter with the @BYGays.

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