Everyone mark this monumental date. Today, Friday June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of legalizing gay marriage all across the United States of America. Eleven years after the first state (Massachusetts) legalized same-sex marriage, it has finally been made legal in all 50 U.S. states. This ruling struck down gay marriage restrictions in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia.
“Many who deem same-sex marriage to be wrong reach that conclusion based on decent and honorable religious or philosophical premises” says Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority in Obergefell v. Hodges “neither they nor their beliefs are disparaged here.”
Of course many people are not pleased with the decision, however Justice Anthony Kennedy, in my opinion, replied to that issue perfectly. Same-sex marriage in no way, shape, or form, is harming anyone or anything. Religious people who disagree still retain full right to practice and believe however they wish to continue practicing and believing. This ruling does not hinder any religious equality or protection. It simply just makes marriage non-forbid-able based on whether you are gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Marriage equality for all.
Of course everyone is entitled to their opinions and is free to express them, hopefully in a tasteful manner, after all this is America. We all have a right to voice our thoughts and feelings. Personally, I am not LGBT, however I have always and continue to fully support them 100% no matter what. Regardless of how you feel, these are still everyday people. As people, we all love.
With that, here are a few opinions on the matter.
“Proud to celebrate a historic victory for marriage equality – & the courage & determination of LGBT Americans who made it possible. -H” Tweeted Hillary Clinton, (D) Presidential Candidate of 2016.
Hillary also changed her twitter profile picture and banner to show support for this ruling. Check out her official twitter page here: https://twitter.com/HillaryClinton
“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” Tweeted President of the United States, Barack Obama.
Obama also gave a small speech on the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality. Check out his official twitter page here: https://twitter.com/BarackObama As well as his full statement on the ruling here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJl5IxcU0vM
“We are so proud to be American today! All of our #LGBT brothers and sisters can now love freely! TY #SupremeCourt!” Tweeted Lance Bass, an American pop singer, dancer, actor, film and television producer, and author. He grew up in Mississippi and rose to fame as the bass singer for the American pop boy band NSYNC.
Check out his official twitter page here: https://twitter.com/LanceBass
“Finally And at Last! The Revolution Of Love has Begun!” Tweeted Madonna, I really do not think I need to explain who Madonna is.
Check out her official twitter page here: https://twitter.com/Madonna
#LoveWins is the top trending right now on twitter. If you tweet using #LoveWins, Twitter will add a rainbow heart. If you have a twitter page, you can also just click the hashtag under your trending topics to see what everyone is saying, or search #LoveWins in your search bar. You can go here: http://twibbon.com/support/lovewins/twitter to add a “twibbon” to your twitter profile. Which is the rainbow heart in the bottom right hand corner of your Twitter profile picture.
- WordPress has also added a touch of rainbow. If you access the site from a computer you will see rainbow at the top of your screen where most of your options are.
- Also, if accessing Tumblr from a computer, you will see the ‘t’ in the top left corner of the screen is also sporting rainbow colors.
- Facebook messenger has now added pride sticker emojis. Just click the smiley face and go to the sticker store to download and use them for free.