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Live Updates on #LoveWins: The Supreme Court Rules that Gay and Lesbian Couples Can Marry

President Obama delivers a statement after the Supreme Court rules that gay and lesbian couples can marry in America.
President Obama delivers a statement regarding the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage

President Barack Obama delivers a statement regarding the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, in the Rose Garden of the White House, June 26, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)


America should be very proud. #LoveWins

Posted 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: 

A Message from Jim Obergefell: "My Husband"

"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."

Read the full message here.

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. #LoveWins

Posted by The White House on Friday, June 26, 2015

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Love is Love: A History

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. 


What This Decision Really Means

Jim Obergefell, Jazz Jennings, and LGBT Americans share what the right to marry means for them and for their future. Watch: 


"Sometimes, there are days like this when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt. " —President Obama on today's marriage equality Supreme Court decision: #LoveWins

Posted by The White House on Friday, June 26, 2015


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