Marriage for all!
Today, Friday, June 26, 2015, on the eve of gay pride weekend in New York and San Fransisco, the Supreme Court has delivered a historic victory for gay rights, with it’s ruling 5-4 stating the Constitution requires that same-sex couples have the right to marry regardless of what state they live in.
The right to marry is no longer reserved only for heterosexual couples.
Gay marriage is now legal in all 50 states!
This is a time for huge celebration as it has been a long and upheaval battle and this day has been long awaited for thousands across the U.S. so that everyone has the same opportunity and right to be legally wed.
Justice Antony Kennedy who wrote on behalf of the court said that the hope of gay people intending to marry, “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.”
Attitudes to the LGBT community have dramatically changed over recent years and today’s landmark announcement marks a fine and celebratory day indeed. Currently 13 states have bans in place, with Alabama contesting to lift the rule there, however, after today they will not be able to make this decision for themselves.
It is now a national right to marry anyone, wherever they live in the U.S.
Today marks a huge step towards equality, it marks huge progress and will send out a huge message—loud and clear—to the rest of the world where gay marriage is currently illegal. Everyone deserves the same rights to be united legally with the one they love!
“It takes no compromise to give people their rights…it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.” ~ Harvey Milk
The final two paragraphs of the Supreme Court’s opinion legalizing gay marriage will give you chills.