Today we would like to congratulate all gay people around the world, especially those who live in the US, as last Friday, North America´s Supreme Court made history by issuing a 5 to 4 decision in favor of same-sex unions. There is now a constitutional right for people of the same sex to get married in the United States, which is a step towards greater freedom for everyone, not only for gay people.
In a landmark judgement, a divided Supreme Court ruled on June 26th that states cannot ban same-sex marriage.
The U.S. is now the 21st country to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide
Married same-sex couples will now enjoy the same legal rights and benefits as married heterosexual couples and will be recognized on official documents such as birth and death certificates. 37 states out of 50 had legal same-sex marriage prior to June 26th 2015.
Marriages will continue as before in these states, and this ruling also means that all US states must grant marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples and recognize marriages that have taken place in other states. For more information you can check this article in the Guardian where you can see how this issue has developed throughout the years.
On Friday President Obama gave this inspiring speech about love.
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