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.