When I think of all the friends and relatives who are now finally equal under the law, I am overcome with emotion. What a great day. The Washington Post:
The Supreme Court on Friday delivered an historic victory for gay rights, ruling 5-4 that the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live and that states may no longer reserve the right only for heterosexual couples.
The court’s action marks the culmination of an unprecedented upheaval in public opinion and the nation’s jurisprudence. Advocates called it the most pressing civil rights issue of modern times, while critics said the courts had sent the country into uncharted territory by changing the traditional definition of marriage.
“The court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion.
The country’s first legally recognized same-sex marriages took place just 11 years ago, the result of a Massachusetts state supreme court decision. Now, more than 70 percent of Americans live in states where same-sex couples are allowed to marry, according to estimates.
— Jim Thompson (@jimthommo) June 26, 2015
— Ken Kalthoff (@KenKalthoffNBC5) June 26, 2015
— 11Alive News (@11AliveNews) June 26, 2015
Michael Robinson and Earl Benjamin applying for a marriage license to test same sex marriage ruling. pic.twitter.com/9OddO7tbEk
— Paul Murphy (@PMurphyWWL) June 26, 2015
— Elicia Dover (@EliciaDover) June 26, 2015
Here's a gif for you, America. You fucking earned it this week: pic.twitter.com/OrfVsJauxe
— Ben Rosen (@Rosen) June 26, 2015
I'd say the best part of being a Supreme Court Justice is using historical dissents to burn my wife pic.twitter.com/RRVU5Ul5Xz
— Antonin Scalia (@SCOTUS_Scalia) June 26, 2015
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— Dawn Patton (@redpenmamapgh) June 26, 2015
JUST IN: Pres. Obama to speak on gay marriage ruling at 11a ET from the White House.
— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) June 26, 2015
AND apparently I was right that Kennedy would leave equal protection law for sexual orientation a complete mess, because he's Kennedy.
— Scott Lemieux (@LemieuxLGM) June 26, 2015
When I get call from my 78 year old mother @rcsudbay, Catholic to core (her middle name is Madonna) - and she's ecstatic. She knew we'd win!
— Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) June 26, 2015
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) June 26, 2015
— Angelo Carusone (@GoAngelo) June 26, 2015
HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO ANYTHING TODAY? https://t.co/psxio99q4e
— BuzzFeed LGBT (@BuzzFeedLGBT) June 26, 2015
— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) June 26, 2015
— Rachel Stark (@syntactics) June 26, 2015
Alito is very concerned about anti-gay prejudice becoming socially toxic. pic.twitter.com/rwWXS9ZORR
— Adam Serwer (@AdamSerwer) June 26, 2015
— Michael Li (@mcpli) June 26, 2015
— Matt Essert (@mattessert) June 26, 2015