Victory today for the gay rights movement after the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage legal across the United States.
There are 14 states in the US that currently ban same-sex marriage. Today’s ruling means these bans will no longer be enforceable.
Councilmember Mike Bonin said, “Today is a historic day – a truly great day for our country and I share in the happiness and love that now reaches every part of America.”
“Love wins.” said Bonin
Writing the majority opinion in the 5-4 decision Justice Anthony M Kennedy said the plaintiffs asked “for equal dignity in the eyes of the law.” Kennedy said “The Constitution grants them that right.”
Celebration erupted outside the court in Washington DC. The decision ending more than 10 years of bitter legal battles.
“Just over a decade ago, marriage equality was legal nowhere in the United States. Today, my husband Sean and I celebrate a breathtaking decision that affirms the right to marry nationwide.”
President Barack Obama said the ruling was a “victory for America”.
“Thank you to those who fought the struggles that blazed this path — those who fought against racial discrimination, for immigrant rights, and for equality for women. And thank you to those who continue the struggle — against bullying and hate crimes; for employment nondiscrimination; for transgender equality; for the civil rights and for the very lives of our sisters and brothers facing brutality, torture, and death in other nations. And thank you to those who join the struggle for equality and social justice for everyone.” said Bonin