America should be very proud. #LoveWinsPosted by The White House on Friday, June 26, 2015
In a 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court took a huge step forward in our progress toward a more perfect union.
Today, gay and lesbian couples won their right to marry. Today, love wins.
You can read the decision here.
Following the ruling, President Obama delivered a statement from the Rose Garden. Watch:
The President first reacted to the decision on Twitter:
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
"John and I started our fight for a simple reason: We wanted the State of Ohio to recognize our lawful Maryland marriage on John’s impending death certificate. We wanted respect and dignity for our 20-year relationship, and as he lay dying of ALS, John had the right to know his last official record as a person would be accurate. We wanted to live up to the promises we made to love, honor, and protect each other as a committed and lawfully married couple.
Couples across America may now wed and have their marriage recognized and respected no matter what state they call home. No other person will learn at the most painful moment of married life, the death of a spouse, that their lawful marriage will be disregarded by the state. No married couple who moves will suddenly become two single persons because their new state ignores their lawful marriage."
Jim was standing on the steps of the Supreme Court when he got an important call. Take a look:
From the steps of the Supreme Court: Watch President Obama call Jim Obergefell, one of the petitioners in today's marriage equality case, to congratulate him on his leadership. go.wh.gov/LoveWins #LoveWinsPosted by The White House on Friday, June 26, 2015
President Obama noted today: "Progress on this journey often comes in small increments, sometimes two steps forward, one step back, propelled by the persistent effort of dedicated citizens."
Read a few quotes from historic moments on our country's path to marriage equality and the most basic affirmation that love is love.
Jim Obergefell, Jazz Jennings, and LGBT Americans share what the right to marry means for them and for their future. Watch:
This was by far the biggest crowd I've seen outside the Supreme Court. 99.8% in support of gay marriage pic.twitter.com/m3AIRi3zvC— Madeline Marshall (@Maddie_Marshall) June 26, 2015
Gay men's chorus of Washington DC singing national anthem outside Supreme Court steps pic.twitter.com/vud3h7eSUN— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) June 26, 2015
This decision recognizes the fundamental truth that our love is all equal. Today is a great day for America. #LoveWins -mo— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) June 26, 2015
Hugely emotional that marriage equality has finally come to the U.S. History! Love ALWAYS wins. ❤️❤️❤️— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) June 26, 2015
Justice Kennedy’s close: Dignity, dignity, dignity. pic.twitter.com/yjsgj155sn— Samantha Power (@AmbassadorPower) June 26, 2015
It's a new day. Thank you Supreme Court. Thank you Justice Kennedy. Your opinion is profound, in more ways than you may know. #huzzah— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) June 26, 2015
Love won. #MarriageEquality— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 26, 2015
so happy to see marriage equality in all 50 states... I'll never forget today. thinking of all the incredible LGBTQ+ icons who paved the way— Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) June 26, 2015
Today marks a victory for equality, perseverance and love.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 26, 2015
Welcome to the right side of history, America!! #LoveWins— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) June 26, 2015
So excited to be a witness to history today. ❤️
Legal in all 50! pic.twitter.com/zOQjORx0Xs— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) June 26, 2015
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