Alabama is the 37th state in America where gay people can now marry, a history that extends back to 2004 when Massachusetts became the first state in the union to allow same sex marriages.
On Monday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Alabama’s late-Sunday night attempt to stop a federal trial judge’s same-sex marriage legalization order 7-2. Only Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented.
Immediately, same-sex marriage activists and newly wedded couples celebrated the ruling. Photos and stories have been posted online all morning.
After marrying a gay couple in Birmingham, a judge asked for a picture with them. pic.twitter.com/QESkBxxvyC— Alan Blinder (@alanblinder) February 9, 2015
Newly married gay woman in Alabama: "I'm fixing to go get me a steak."— Alan Blinder (@alanblinder) February 9, 2015
This year is set to be a landmark one in the history of same-sex marriage in the United States.
Beginning in April, the Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether same-sex couples can marry nationwide. The Alabama decision is widely seen as a signal on how many of the justices will vote in June, when those arguments conclude.
Illustration via Max Fleishman