On 26th June 2015, history was made as the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that same-sex marriage should be legalised in all 50 states.
Directly prior to this landmark ruling, same-sex marriage was legal in 36 states, but the issue of whether states should recognise marriages performed in states where it was legal was more complicated.
Altogether, only 69.4% of the population lived in states which both performed and recognised same-sex marriage. Therefore, no same-sex couple’s rights were guaranteed – if a couple were to marry in one state and move to another, their rights as spouses could have been questioned.
Following last week’s SCOTUS ruling, however, all same-sex couples in the United States have a constitutional right to marry and have that marriage recognised in any of the 50 states.
Recent studies have indicated that the majority of Americans (around 60%, with that figure rising significantly when only young Americans are polled) now support the legalisation of same-sex marriage. Proponents of the ruling have recognised and celebrated a long fought battle.
One gay couple who have been together for 20 years were quoted as saying “A lot of people gave their lives – their blood, sweat and tears to make this happen
”. The Human Rights Campaign have been leading proponents in the battle to legalise equal marriage, saying that they believe all couples should have the right to honour their relationship in the greatest, most significant way that society has to offer.
President Obama also supported the ruling, saying that “shifts in hearts and minds is possible
”, perhaps paying homage to his own history of expressing mixed views on same-sex marriage.
Those on the right of the spectrum, however, find themselves torn on how to respond to the new legislation, with promotion…