The Latest: High court affirms right to same-sex marriage

Carlos McKnight of Washington, waves a flag in

Carlos McKnight of Washington, waves a flag in support of gay marriage outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday June 26, 2015. A major opinion on gay marriage is among the remaining to be released before the term ends at the end of June. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (Credit: AP)

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruling that grants same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide comes on a date with legal significance.

Two previous rulings by the high court also came on June 26. Both were also written by Justice Anthony Kennedy --

In 2003, the court issued its ruling in the case Lawrence versus Texas, striking down state laws that made gay sex a crime.

And on the same date in 2013, it struck down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law in the case U.S. versus Windsor.

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