Same-Sex Marriage Has Legalized Across US, White House Shines With Rainbow
The Supreme Court finally legalized same-sex marriage across the United States. This is effectively ending a long legal battle over the marriage rights for gays and lesbians. The justices ruled 5-4 that states cannot deny gay men and lesbians to get the same marriage rights which enjoyed by thousands of years for opposite-sex couples.
The decision is a historic victory for gay rights activists who have fought for years in the lower courts. Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia already recognize marriage equality.
According to Huffington Post, the justices found that, under the 14th Amendment, states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize same-sex unions that have been legally performed in other states. In the majority opinion, the justices outlined several reasons same-sex marriage should be allowed. They wrote that the right to marriage is an inherent aspect of individual autonomy, since “decisions about marriage are among the most intimate that an individual can make.”
President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to support marriage equality when he came out in favor of it in 2012, the same year that the Democratic Party made it part of its platform for the first time. Speaking from the White House, President Obama praised the decision, arguing that it was a sign of progress.
The White House was lit up in pride colors Friday night to celebrate the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision. White House official representative said :
“The White House was lit to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to progress and equality, here in America and around the world,”
“The pride colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, and tonight, these colors celebrate a new chapter in the history of American civil rights.”