The United States Supreme Court has issued a landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalizes same-sex marriage in every state. This is a major victory for the LGBT community now ending the fight for marriage equality in America, marking a time to rejoice and celebrate yet another historic LGBT Pride month.
Today with a final Supreme Court ruling of 5-4 in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, we’ve come a long way. Not too long ago members of the LGBT community simply had to accept that a same-sex marriage would not be in their future, but times have changed! Recent polls found that over 60% of Americans support gay marriage. Before the ruling same-sex marriage was legal statewide in only 35 states.
As President Obama noted, “love is love” and members of the LGBT community deserve the same rights and legal standing as every other couple wishing to spend the rest of their lives together. Legalizing same-sex marriage shows understanding that the union between two men or two women is equal to the union shared between a man and woman and that it therefore deserves the same benefits and recognition.
The legal recognition of marriage helps immensely couples who are building a life together. It affects everything from parenting rights, healthcare decisions, property rights, taxes and many more things.
This 2015 Pride Month has truly been one for the history books. The ruling comes just in time for New York and San Francisco Pride Weekends. So get those colorful flags out, because it is time to celebrate! Happy LGBT Pride Month everyone!
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