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
It’s been a long, hard fought battle, but the Supreme Court has finally reached a verdict in a 5-4 decision. It has officially been ruled today (June 26) that the United States constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage, making the legalization now nationwide.
Although many of the U.S. states, 36 to be exact, have gradually accepted same-sex marriage, today marks a truly historic day in United States history. The majority opinion was led by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who presented the ever present notion that “gay and lesbian couples have a fundamental right to marry.”
The other Justices in favor were Kagon, Sotomeyer, Ginsburg and Breyer. Those opposed and who thought of the idea of nationwide legalization as ‘a threat to American democracy,’ were Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Alito and Thomas.
“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 becoming something greater than they once were,” wrote Kennedy.
As anticipated, President Obama was quick to reach out to the country. Tweeting out a message of support to express his sentiments, Mr. President followed with the hashtag ‘Love Wins.’