The legal roller coaster of same-sex marriage is over. In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriage in all 50 states. "The right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of a person," Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said in the ruling, and "under the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment, couples of the same sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty."
Here is how same-sex marriage has evolved in the past 15 years:
For the record:
June 26, 1:23 p.m.
An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Vermont first legalized civil unions on Jan. 1, 2000. The state legalized civil unions on July 1, 2000.