Court’s Justices gave gay marriage its most important victory in decades.
Friday 26th June 2015 became an historic date for the gay rights defenders. The Supreme Court of the United States, the highest federal court of the country, dictated that marriage between two people of the same sex is legal nationwide.
Laws banning same-sex couples from getting married in 14 states are no longer applicable. After years of fighting for their rights, advocates of gay marriage can finally turn the page from an era of discrimination to a time of equality.
Court’s for Liberal Justices along with magistrate Anthony M. Kennedy, argued that the right to marriage equality is derived from the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection. In his written argumentation, Kennedy states that the history of marriage has evolved over time, continuously suffering alterations that have not weakened but strengthened the institution.
Kennedy also defended gay marriage under the scope of individual freedom and equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Supreme Court concluded that the right to marry is fundamental and Kennedy wrote that “couples of the same-sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty.” The court has proceeded prudently but effectively, providing legal grounds to this significant political change.
Under the motto “Love Wins”, crowds of people waving rainbow flags congregated at the square in front of the Court and other cities across the country to celebrate the ruling.
President Obama called the decision a victory for America and wrote 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”.
The United States of America, the world’s most powerful economy, a nation with a long list of historical discrimination towards minorities, but also rich in battles for the civil rights, has taken the largest step further in decades, perhaps in the history, in regards to the homosexual rights.
For those in favour of marriage equality, this decision is a victory of an incalculable value.