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Supreme Court makes gay marriage legal throughout US

gay marriage. PHOTO: startribune.com

gay marriage. PHOTO: startribune.com

The US Supreme Court ruled Friday that gay marriage is a nationwide right, a landmark decision in one of the most keenly awaited announcements in decades and sparking scenes of jubilation.

The nation’s highest court, in a narrow 5-4 decision, said the US Constitution requires all states to carry out and recognize marriage between people of the same sex.

President Barack Obama praised the ruling, in a fresh victory for the White House.

“Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else,” Obama tweeted, as the White House changed its online avatar to the rainbow colors of the gay rights movement.

Flag-waving gay rights advocates outside the courthouse cheered the historic ruling and sang.

“The Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State,” the court said.

The case was brought by 14 same-sex couples who had challenged de facto bans on gay marriage in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.

All four states had insisted in their respective constitutions that marriage could only be a union between a man and a woman.

Marriage has been a core institution in society since ancient times, the court said, “but it has not stood in isolation from developments in law and society.”

Excluding them from marriage, it said, denied same-sex couples “the constellation of benefits that the states have linked to marriage.”

The court added: “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… They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

The decision came a year after the Supreme Court, in another major ruling, struck down a controversial federal law that denied US government benefits to wedded gays and lesbians.

– ‘Transformative triumph’ –

“This transformative triumph is a momentous victory for freedom, equality, inclusion, and above all, love,” said Freedom to Marry, one of several groups battling for LGBT marriage rights.

“For the first time in our nation’s history, all loving and committed couples will have the freedom to say, ‘I do’,” it said in a statement.

“We’ll remember this day for the rest of our lives,” added the It Gets Better Project, another gay rights organization, in a mass email to supporters.

Two months ago, people queued for days for a chance to hear the arguments that led to Friday’s ruling, and activists for and against marriage equality rallied in front of the court.

At issue was the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which provides for equal protection under the law.

The nine justices had to decide if this amendment means states are required to recognize marriages that were conducted in other states.

The four states involved in the case, supported by religious and conservative organizations, argued that marriage is based on the biological compatibility of a man and woman.

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6 Comments
  • Asuquo Bassey

    This is very sad development and day in USA and the world. It is a pity, ungodly and unfortunate that The Supreme Court in USA can grant legal right to gay marriage. We as Nigerians we reject and resist this system, right and any attempt by these gay countries to bring their wicked/ungodly practices to my dear country Nigeria. May Almighty God help us. God bless Nigeria.

    • total

      I will like to start by saying i am a married man with three kids and a loving wife(Woman). What is ungodly about gay people getting married? It is an individual thing. As long as nobody is forcing any body to be a part of it. Just do you and let them do them.. The word here is RESPECT. Respect individuals for whatever they want to be. With nearly all Nigerian people going to Church and Mosque, what is the current situation of the place:The ungodly corruption and suffering.

      • Matodav7

        What’s ungodly there, total, is its contradiction & violation of God’s holy & unchanging Word. The Holy Writ says (confirmed by the entire Trinity – God the Father, God the Son, & god the Holy Spirit) “Therefore shall a MAN leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his WIFE: and they (twain) shall be ONE flesh”. (Genesis 2:28; Matthew 19:5; Ephesians 5:31). God pronounces curse on those who got themselves involved in this unnatural act (Romans 1:26-28;). So man can’t take woman’s place in marriage, and vice versa! It’s evil, despicable, and reprehensible. God’s judgment looms! End time is here..
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        • total

          Nigerians love to hide under the name Of God when it’s convenient for them,but when it comes to sharing and looting the treasury of the nation , you will never hear the usage of God. The bible also says thou sha’ll not steal.

          • Matodav7

            Well, both the looters and the immoral ones (gays, lesbians, pedophiles) will face God’s wrath one day except they repent before it’s too late. So total, understand I’m not a protagonist of both: I wholly stand on God’s word, which is infallible forever!

          • total

            I respect your views.

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