This morning on the White House Facebook page.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled [pdf] 5-4 today that marriage equality is a 14th Amendment right and that same sex marriages in one state must be recognized in all other states.
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
OBERGEFELL ET AL. v. HODGES, DIRECTOR, OHIO
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, ET AL.
CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT
No. 14-556. Argued April 28, 2015-Decided June 26, 2015
….The Constitution, however, does not permit the State to bar same-sex couples from marriage on the same terms as accorded to couples of the opposite sex….
The Court, in this decision, holds same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry in all States. It follows that the Court also must hold-and it now does hold-that there is no lawful basis for a State to refuse to recognize a lawful same-sex marriage performed in another State on the ground of its same-sex character.
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 become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.
It is so ordered.
Some of the reactions via social media:
President Obama @POTUS
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 9:10 AM – 26 Jun 2015
Patrick Miller @pmiller1693
In other words, KS and MO have no legal ground to stand on to deny issuing and recognizing same sex marriage licenses. That fight is over. 9:07 AM – 26 Jun 2015
Hillary Clinton @HillaryClinton
Proud to celebrate a historic victory for marriage equality-& the courage & determination of LGBT Americans who made it possible. H 9:05 AM – 26 Jun 2015
Take a moment to think about all the truly stupid and hateful people that you’ve known and how miserable they are right now. 9:20 AM – 26 Jun 2015
Nancy Pelosi @NancyPelosi
SCOTUS has unequivocally affirmed that equal justice means marriage equality for LGBT Americans! [….] #LoveCantWait 9:15 AM – 26 Jun 2015
Jason Rosenbaum @jrosenbaum
Bet the people who were opposed to MO 2004 gay marriage ban amendment are feeling vindicated right now. #SCOTUSMarriage 9:25 AM – 26 Jun 2015
Claire McCaskill @clairecmc
It’s a good day. No more discrimination against folks based on who they love! I love my country. 9:29 AM – 26 Jun 2015