The U.S. Supreme Court’s historic 5-4 decision Obergefell v. Hodges ended Texas’ long-standing ban on same-sex marriage on June 26 as the Lone Star State’s lawyers and judges prepare for a day many thought would never come.

“This is probably the most significant constitutional opinion of our generation. It extends the right to marry to a class of people that have never had that right,” said Michelle May O’Neil, a Dallas family lawyer whose gay clients once had no way to marry under the Texas Family Code. “And other than a change in our current societal landscape, they might have never had the right.”

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