In a landmark 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court voted that marriage equality is protected by the constitution, meaning it is now legal in all 50 states.
President Obama tweeted showing support for the ruling from both the @POTUS account and the separate @BarackObama account.
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
“When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free.” —President Obama #LoveWins
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 26, 2015
— Bipartisan Report (@Bipartisanism) June 26, 2015
This legal landmark comes 11 years after Massachusetts became the first state to recognize same same-sex marriage. Now, across the United States, and the world, people are celebrating another step towards equality.
2 years ago, I called my mom in tears to tell her I was gay. Today, she called me in tears to tell me my love was legal. #LoveWins
— Cole Ledford (@ColeLedford11) June 26, 2015
I’m so glad that I’m alive to witness this. Never in my lifetime did I think this would happen, but ANYTHING is possible. #LoveWins
— ALL THINGS OITNB (@AllThingsOITNB) June 26, 2015
Although ruling does not take effect immediately (the opposing side has three weeks to ask for reconsideration), this is still a MAJOR decision in regards to making marriage legal for everyone. The next goal will probably to tackle those states who still refuse to give equal benefits to gay couples.
Dang, universal healthcare AND gay marriage in America by 2015 pic.twitter.com/tVou0FXMDM
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) June 26, 2015
Today America got a little bit more equal and I cannot wait to see what is coming next!