On Friday, Americans woke up to the news that same-sex marriage was ruled legal in all 50 states after two decades of intense Supreme Court litigation.
Same-sex couples were able to legally marry in 36 states prior to today’s landmark decision. In a court ruling of 5-4, the remaining 14 states will no longer be allowed to ban same-sex marriage.
Although not effective until three weeks from now, same-sex couples will likely be flooding clerk offices for marriage licenses, which states agree is not a risky move. The losing side of the decision is allotted roughly three weeks to ask for reconsideration.
From the nation’s capital, Justice Anthony Kennedy developed the majority opinion. Accompanied by the other four liberal justices, the decision read, “No union is more profound than marriage.”
Those seeking marriage rights “reveal that they seek not to denigrate marriage but rather to live their lives, or honor their spouses’ memory, joined by its bond.”
Chief Justice John Roberts shared, “The court is not a legislature. Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us.”
Roberts continued, “If you are among the many Americans – of whatever sexual orientation – who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision. But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.”
Social media exploded with reaction just moments after the decision was declared from Washington D.C.
President Obama shared his response in a live press conference as well as on Twitter. In his morning speech he shared, “We are all one people, stronger together than we can ever be alone.”
"We are all created equal." —President Obama #LoveWins— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 26, 2015
The newly running GOP candidate, Donald Trump, kept his Twitter presence alive post decision.
Once again the Bush appointed Supreme Court Justice John Roberts has let us down. Jeb pushed him hard! Remember!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2015
Here are some other popular reactions from around the web...
Love won. #MarriageEquality— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 26, 2015
So proud of our country & grateful to all who worked so tirelessly on behalf of equality. #SCOTUSMarriage— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 26, 2015
Each new civil rights conflict is seen as 'different than the last'. But bigotry is bigotry. So next time this happens, don't take so long.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) June 26, 2015
Love.— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) June 26, 2015