Hooray! Let the LGBT movement have a huge celebration because today marks a very historic moment. After several years of being put through ridicule and taunting, the Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is now legal nation wide.
Every state in the United States will now have to recognize same sex marriages and provide licenses as well. The ruling was settled in a 5-4 decision. The number of states that had allowed homosexuals to marry was numbered at 36, but the new ruling today forces the other 14 states to lift their ban.
The last time there was a huge court decision on determining the basis of a marriage was over 50 years ago when interracial matrimony was allowed. Same-sex marriage (now that it is legal nationwide) has always been a sensitive subject for some officials in Congress, but there was been more acceptance in the past couple of years. The most recent Gallup poll shows that the percentage of people who were in support was 60 percent, which is a much higher than the 1996 poll of 26 percent.
The Supreme Court had mentioned that not allowing people to join together in matrimony because of their gender is a violation of the Constitution. Pride festivals are going on throughout the summer in various cities throughout the United States. After this ruling, the celebrations might just be the biggest ones yet now that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
By Frank Grados
NBC News – Same-Sex Marriage Legal Nationwide, Supreme Court Rules
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