Content by Lupita Peimbert.
(San Francisco) – The LGBTQ Community and their allies are in bliss, after the Supreme Court has ruled in favor in of same-sex marriage across the 50 states in the United States of America. This makes the US country #21 to legalize same-sex marriage.
What it means is that same-sex couples can now enjoy same legal rights and benefits as heterosexual couples, recognizing them also in birth and death documents.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community in California couldn’t be happier, as this news come at the beginning of PRIDE San Francisco weekend –a top event that has been a platform for in the fight for same-sex marriage.
Here is what California leaders are saying:
Governor Jerry Brown: “With the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots this weekend, we’re reminded of how long and winding the road to equality has been. Today, our highest court has upheld a principle enshrined in our Constitution, but only now finally realized for same-sex couples across America.”
Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom: The day has finally come when loving couples can get married regardless of their sexual orientation. Thank you to the five justices! Thank you to all the activists who have fought for decades. Thank you to the brilliant lawyers. But most of all thank you to all the couples who showed an incredible amount of courage.
Attorney General Kamala Harris: “Finally the highest court in the land has acknowledged that marriage is a fundamental right to which no one should be denied. This holding reaffirms the sacred principle that all people are created equal. It’s time to end the debate – let the wedding bells ring.”
Tom Ammiano, prominent politician and activist: “Astonishing victory today for all who have suffered thru the indignity of homophobia many have died this is a tribute to them their spirit will continue to nurture us as we continue the struggle, Harvey Milk lives!”
The court’s 5-4 ruling means that the states who now ban same-sex marriage will have to stop enforcing their bans. The losing side has almost three weeks to ask for reconsideration. This ruling does not force religions to perform same-sex weddings.