Love wins! Same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court the Supreme Court ruled Friday that states cannot ban same-sex marriage.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority in the 5-4 ruling saying:
In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. 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 Obama took to his Twitter account to celebrate what he calls a “big step in our march toward equality.”
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
Presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton joined the celebration adding:
Proud to celebrate a historic victory for marriage equality—& the courage & determination of LGBT Americans who made it possible. -H — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 26, 2015
The U.S. is now the 21st country to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.
Married same-sex couples will now enjoy the same legal rights and benefits as married heterosexual couples nationwide and will be recognized on official documents such as birth and death certificates.
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