Y’all, today just got SO historic. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that gay marriage is legal in ALL 50 STATES. The fact that we even had to have this ruling in the first place is beyond me, but it’s here and it’s awesome. 35 states already recognized gay marriage, but after the 5-4 ruling today, it’s legal in every state and cannot be banned. Essentially, gay marriage has become marriage.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion and was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor in favor of legalizing gay marriage nationwide. Justices John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito all wrote dissenting opinions, which is fairly rare. In Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion he wrote,
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.
While there are a handful of bigots being gross about this on the Internet, the majority of people are overwhelmingly positive. Check out these heartwarming responses:
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
From the President himself!
— Lady Gaga (@ImTheRealGaga) June 26, 2015
Yasssss Gaga, yasssss!
This is amazing, knowing one day I'll be able to freely marry a woman I love and not be ridiculed or stopped by a discrimination. #LoveWins
— her kitten (@collaredbyher) June 26, 2015
Proud to be in the next generation who understands that love sees no gender #LoveWins
— The Broadway Hipster (@TheBwayHipster) June 26, 2015
Finally, everyone is becoming more open-minded.
2 years ago, I called my mom in tears to tell her I was gay. Today, she called me in tears to tell me my love was legal.#LoveWins
— Cole Ledford (@ColeLedford11) June 26, 2015
So many emotions!
Trying to make a funny tweet about it but cant stop crying to see my screen. Happy historic friday. #lovewins
— Ashley Skidmore (@Shhhhhhley) June 26, 2015
— Bustle (@bustle) June 26, 2015
— Chris (@ChristosDallas_) June 26, 2015
— Ramel (@itsRamel) June 26, 2015
This is the best.
— Ben & Jerry’s (@benandjerrys) June 26, 2015
Gay ice cream!
— RYAN MIKEL (@_RyanMikel_) June 26, 2015
— La Comtesse Jamie (@LaComtesseJamie) June 26, 2015
"It is so ordered" is the new *mic drop*. #SCOTUS
— Kim Holcomb (@kimholcomb) June 26, 2015
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Today the 21st century started feeling a lot more like the 21st century. #SCOTUS
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) June 26, 2015
Welcome to 2015, y’all.
— Dr. Cindy Kane (@cindykane) June 26, 2015
Freedom for all!
You know, it’s strange. My traditional marriage was not just destroyed.#SCOTUS
— Zach J. Hoag (@zhoag) June 26, 2015
Guess what? Gay marriage doesn’t ruin straight marriage.
— My Daughter’s Army (@mydaughtersarmy) June 26, 2015
I remember when my then-partner was in the hospital in 09 and they denied me visitation even with his family's permission. Thank you #SCOTUS
— FavreandInches (@FavreAndInches) June 26, 2015
This is just one reason why this needed to happen.
— Ellie Hall (@ellievhall) June 26, 2015
Can’t even explain emotions. Thinking about the first time a friend came out. Glad her marriage is now recognized in all 50 #SCOTUS
— Dan Roberti (@DanRobertiCT) June 26, 2015
I can’t wait to go to my gay friends’ weddings.
My moms can finally get married #lovewins
— hunter (@Hburk_) June 26, 2015
This is such a great day. My friends, family members, and maybe my future children can marry whoever they want wherever they want. #LoveWins
— angél (@theangelrenee) June 26, 2015
You do you!
Tbh my sister can get married now and that makes me extremely happy. #LoveWins
— Travis Willard (@TravisWillard3) June 26, 2015
Today, I cried for the future I get to have with someone I love. #LoveWins from today on.
— Ben Alexander (@BenDanAlexander) June 26, 2015
Like, can you imagine not being able to have a future with your loved one?
can’t wait until im older & have kids and when I tell them gay couples used to not be allowed to get married they will be shocked #LoveWins
— kyliee lovato (@ThroughKysEyes) June 26, 2015
That’s literally going to be the weirdest conversation.
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