Supreme Court rules Same Sex Marriage Legal in all 50 United States
More than a decade of legal battles throughout the United States has finally brought a decision which many are applauding, the legalization in all 50 states of Same Sex Marriage meaning that the 14 states which had bans on same-sex marriage can no longer enforce those bans.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in his conclusion that the plaintiffs had asked “for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”
The minute the decision came down, same sex couples in several ban affected states, (Georgia, Michigan, Ohio & Texas) decided to wed on Friday, June 26, 2015 marking their weddings as a time in history for the country.
Other states (Mississippi and Louisiana) were waiting until procedural issues were address before allowing same sex marriages even though the decision was passed down as law by the highest court in the land.
President Barack Obama said the ruling was a “victory for America”.
“When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free ” he said.
Conservative Christians quickly took to social media to express their negative reaction to the positive decision, including a former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee, called the ruling “an out-of-control act of unconstitutional, judicial tyranny”.
A lawyer for the anti-gay marriage advocacy group, Kellie Fiedorek, said the decision “ignored the voices of thousands of Americans”.
Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, a state where marriages licenses will now be issued to same-sex couples, said the justices “have imposed on the entire country their personal views on an issue that the Constitution and the Court’s previous decisions reserve to the people of the States”.
“USA USA USA!”
The loudest voices came from those outside the courthouse just after the decision was announced. Tears, hugs and cheers of “USA USA USA!”
The large number of rainbow flags far outdid any of anti-gay marriage activists who seemed shocked when the decision was handed down. A street party broke out with happy celebration of a historical moment.
Every day people agreed with the decision and were quick to show their approval. One tour bus driver who happened to be going by when people were cheering the decision honking his horn in agreement.
Protesters, who had, until now, not been able to marry and love who they choose without fear of legal retribution celebrated. One young man, Jordan Monaghan, called his mother in the middle of the celebrations.
“Hey mom, I’m at the Supreme Court. Your son can have a husband now,” Mr Monaghan said.
No more hiding
In Texas, Yasmin Menchaca and her partner Catherine Andrews told reporters that they are “trying to round up our parents” in order to get married on Friday
Yasmin and Catherine have been together as a couple for the last six years, had tried to marry in the state of Washington but chose to wait due to financial issues getting guests to the ceremony.
On social media, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton merely tweeted the word “proud” and the White House changed its Twitter avatar into the rainbow colours.
Jim Obergefell, an Ohio resident, was not recognized as the legal widower of his late husband Arthur and that is what started this historic case.
“It’s my hope that gay marriage will soon be a thing of the past, and from this day forward it will simply be ‘marriage,'” an emotional Mr Obergefell said outside the court.
- most of Missouri,
- North Dakota,
- South Dakota,
- Tennessee and
In 2004, Massachusetts, was the first state to be granted the right to same sex marriage.
Although many people have tried to stop same sex marriage, this ruling clearly shows that will not happen.
The Supreme Court of the USA, struck down a federal anti same-sex marriage law in 2012.