In a historic ruling on Friday, the United States Supreme court has legalized the controversial same-sex marriage in a close 5-4 ruling, thereby nullifying state bans on gay marriage.
It was a historic victory for gay right movement in America as the Supreme court nullified all bans on gay marriage across the 50 States of the United States.
Same-sex marriage was first legalized in the US state of Massachusetts in 2004. Becoming the first U.S state to issue marriage certificate to same-sex couples, and the sixth jurisdiction in the world (after the Netherlands, Belgium, Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec) according to Wikipedia.
Below are some captivating paragraphs in the historic ruling that same-sex marriage proponents and supporters will never forget.
“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. 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.” – Justice Anthony Kennedy
“Marriage is one of the ‘basic civil rights of man,’ fundamental to our very existence and survival” – Chief Justice Earl Warren
“Marriage is a coming together for better or for worse, hopefully enduring, and intimate to the degree of being sacred. It is an association that promotes a way of life, not causes; a harmony in living, not political faiths; a bilateral loyalty, not commercial or social projects. Yet it is an association for as noble a purpose as any involved in our prior decisions” – Justice William O. Douglas
President Barrack Obama reacts, Congratulates the lead plaintiff on live TV.
Jim Obergefell, the same-sex marriage lead plaintiff was standing on the steps of the Supreme Court when he got a call from the president of the United States, Barrack Obama to congratulate him.
“I just wanted to say congratulations,” Obama said in a CNN live broadcast. Obergefell responded, “I appreciate everything you’ve done for the LGBT community, and it’s really an honor to have become part of that fight.”
“Not only have you been a great example for people, but you’re also going to bring about a lasting change in this country. And it’s pretty rare where that happens,” Obama replied. “I couldn’t be prouder of you and your husband.”
Obama also took to twitter with the hashtag #LoveWins to express his excitement over the ruling and show support for the LGBT community.
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