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The life and times of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

By CNN Staff

Published June 27, 2018

Anthony Kennedy, the longest-serving member of the Supreme Court, announced he will retire on July 31, 2018.

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He is a conservative justice but has provided crucial swing votes in many cases.

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Kennedy was born in Sacramento, California, on July 23, 1936. Here, he sits between his mother, Gladys, and sister, Nancy.

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After more than a decade as a lawyer, Kennedy became a judge on the US Court of Appeals in 1975.

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From 1965 to 1988, he was a professor of constitutional law at the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law.

In 1987, Kennedy was nominated by President Reagan to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by Lewis Powell's retirement.

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On June 26, 2015, he wrote the landmark majority opinion of the court in Obergefell v. Hodges, making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 US states.

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The White House issued a statement on the retirement announcement calling Kennedy a "tireless voice for individual rights."

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