The supreme court of America has ruled that marriage between people of the same gender to be legal, according to the constitution, across all American States overturning any individual states non-gay-marriage laws.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen as a pivotal swing vote in the case, wrote the majority opinion. All four justices who voted against the ruling wrote their own dissenting opinions: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.
“They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law,” Kennedy wrote of same-sex couples in the case. “The Constitution grants them that right.”
Speaking at the White House, President Obama praises the Supreme Court’s ruling, saying it arrived “like a thunderbolt” after a series of back-and-forth battles over same-sex marriage.
Obama says the ruling “will strengthen all of our communities” by offering dignity and equal status to all same-sex couples and their families.
The president calls the ruling “a victory for America.”
The ruling brings to an end more than a decade of bitter legal battles.
Same-sex couples in several affected states including Georgia, Michigan, Ohio and Texas rushed to wed on Friday.
However officials in some states including Mississippi and Louisiana said marriages had to wait until procedural issues were addressed.
And all in time for Pride season!
source: BBC News