New York City, June 27: The US Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote on Friday, that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.US President Barack Obama on the verdict said the ruling was a "victory for America".
Speaking from the White House after calling one of the plaintiffs, Barack Obama said the decision would “end the patchwork system we currently have”.
“This ruling is a victory for America,” the president said. “This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts: when all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free.”
A divided Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples can marry nationwide, that is 50 states, establishing a new civil right and handing gay rights advocates a historic victory. With the verdict in hand, 14 states where same-sex marriage was banned, will no longer be able to enforce them.
Announcing the verdict, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that the plaintiffs asked for equal dignity in the eyes of the law and the Constitution grants them that right.
Same-sex couples in several affected states including Georgia, Michigan, Ohio and Texas rushed to be lawfully wedded.
However officials in other states, including Mississippi and Louisiana, said marriages had to wait until procedural issues were addressed.