June 30, 2015 by Dr. Lawrence A. JosephOnly a few days ago, on 26th June 2015, the US Supreme Court by a majority of five votes to four in the case of Obergefell v Hodges changed the course of history in the USA. It is now mandatory that all jurisdictions in the country must allow and recognize same sex marriages. The decision of the Supreme Court came about as a result of a lawsuit which was filed by one Jim Obergefell in the State of Ohio in July 2013. The allegation was that the state unlawfully refused to recognize his marriage in the state of Maryland to another man, John Arthur. At the time Arthur was terminally ill and they both lived in Ohio. Obergefell was desirous of having his name inserted on Arthur’s death certificate as “the surviving spouse”. After several appeals in lower courts, the matter eventually reached the US Supreme Court.