In a landmark decision, the Supreme court ruled 5-4 that same-sex couples should have a constitutional right to marry. Justice Anthony Kennedy, delivering the majority opinion, wrote that people seeking the right “seek not to denigrate marriage but rather to live their lives, or honor their spouses’ memory, joined by its bond.”
Following the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide ruling, President Barack Obama declared on Friday that this is “a victory for America.”
From the White House Rose Garden, he said that social progress sometimes comes in small increments, “and then there are days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.”
“America should be very proud,” he said.
The president who endorsed same-sex marriage in May 2012 made a note on the swift progress toward marriage equality in the United States in his address.
“An entire country realized that love is love,” he said. “What an extraordinary achievement, but what a vindication of the belief that organizary people can do extraordinary things.”
Source: NBC News