Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage Nationwide in U.S
Washington – History was made today on June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court here in the United States ruled to legalize Gay Marriage. This is a day that personally I always prayed for and at times felt would never happen within my lifetime. Thank you to President Obama and the amazing Supreme Court Judges that always fought for our Equality. They believed and fought for same-sex marriage to be legalized Nationwide.
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. The remaining 13 states ban these unions, even as public support has reached record levels nationwide.
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. Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered the majority opinion and was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor. In a rare move, the four dissenting justices each wrote an opinion.
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.” They also said gay Americans have a right to “intimate association” beyond merely freedom from laws that ban homosexuality.What a beautiful historical day! I cried, screamed out loud and even did a happy dance when I heard the news.
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. On Friday, Obama called the ruling “a victory for America.”
The world is changing for the better, my dad said this morning on the phone when he heard the news. Now I can marry my beautiful partner and it be legal. Now when I have children they will be seen as equal children between my partner and I, should anything happen to one of us. Happy Marriage for All!