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United States Supreme Court Rules Same Sex Marriage Legal Nationwide

The US Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is a legal right across the United States.

In a landmark 5-4 decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy writing for the majority ruled that marriage is a constitutional right for all.

“No union is more profound than marriage,” he wrote, saying that the hope of gay people intending to marry “is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

Kennedy, a conservative who often casts the deciding vote in close cases, was joined in the majority by the court’s four liberal justices.

It is unclear how soon marriage licenses will be issued in states where gay unions were previously prohibited. Before the ruling on Thursday, gay couples could marry in 37 states in addition to Washington DC.

Loud cheers erupted outside the court after the ruling was announced, said the BBC’s Paul Blake at the Supreme Court. Hundreds of people had camped out for hours awaiting the news.

One of the demonstrators, Jordan Monaghan, called his mother from his mobile phone amid the celebrations. “Hey mom, I’m at the Supreme Court. Your son can have a husband now,” Mr Monaghan said.

On social media, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton merely tweeted the word “proud” and the White House changed its Twitter avatar into the rainbow colours._83884960_11119718_10153564889214238_5139842835188453914_o

However, many Christian conservatives decried the decision._83884958_hi027894866-1

“We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat,” said Mike Huckabee, Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas governor. “The only outcome worse than this flawed, failed decision would be for the president and congress, two co-equal branches of government, to surrender in the face of this out-of-control act of unconstitutional, judicial tyranny.”

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  1. Right about time!

  2. #LoveRocksRulesAndWins
    Something has been done right in America. Thank God for that.

  3. Anything they do na #LoveWin Oh, na #LoveWin Oh, na #LoveWin Oh….

  4. edward ezekiel onoriode

    Am glad US did the needful by supporting gays right. Its long overdue. Am really glad.

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