The U.S. Supreme Court struck down gay marriage bans across the country in a landmark decision on Friday, legalizing same-sex marriage in every state in America.
In a 5-4 ruling, the court expressed that the Fourteenth Amendment obliges states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and that states must perceive same-sex marriages performed out of state.
“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family,” Kennedy wrote for the majority opinion. “It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”
President Barack Obama took to Twitter to voice his support of this monumental victory for marriage equality and millions of people everywhere.
Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins
— President Obama (@POTUS) June 26, 2015
Within minutes, Twitter was overflowed with support for the court’s decision and relief that same-sex marriage is now protected under the law, across the country.
— Mark Zinni (@MarkZinni) June 26, 2015
— Brian (@Lafond66) June 26, 2015
HERE'S A CONFEDERATE FLAG TO WIPE AWAY YOUR TEARS, HOMOPHOBES!
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) June 26, 2015
Today is about unconditional love & hope—between people, and for our country as a nation of equality and acceptance pic.twitter.com/44kBc2Ncoy
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) June 26, 2015
— Ali Berman (@alijberman) June 26, 2015
— TRISTAR PICTURES (@SunTrist) June 26, 2015
Supreme Court rules 5-4 in favor of 5 of the Supreme Court justices being decent human beings.
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) June 26, 2015
— jeffrey marsh (@thejeffreymarsh) June 26, 2015