The U.S. Supreme Court issued Friday a landmark decision, ruling that marriage is a Constitutionally protected right
to homosexual as well as heterosexual couples. The New York Times notes that last year, by refusing to hear appeals to decisions favoring same-sex marriage in five states, the court "delivered a tacit victory for gay rights, immediately expanding the number of states with same-sex marriage to 24, along with the District of Columbia, up from 19." (In the time since, several more states have expanded marriage to include gay couples.) Reuters expains a bit of the legal and political history of the movement
which led to today's decision, and points out some of the countries around the world which have made similar moves already.