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Lady Liberty - raises the torch of liberty on June 26, 2015 when marriage equality became law

Lady Liberty – raises the torch of liberty on June 26, 2015 when marriage equality became lawJune 26, 2015  The Supreme Court of the United States of America passed the equality of marriage by a 5:4 vote.  Now, the States joins 20 other countries where gay persons can say, “I do.”  Here are the other wonderful countries – note the dates of legalization

190px-Gay_flag.svgThe Supreme Court of the United States of America voted 5:4 to legalize marriage for everyone!   The USA is now the 21st country where regardless of sexual orientation, loving couples can say, “I DO.”

In date order:, the other 20 countries where same-sex marriage is already legal: the Netherlands (2001), Belgium (2003), Spain (2005), Canada (2005), South Africa (2006), Norway (2009), Sweden (2009), Portugal (2010), Iceland (2010), Argentina (2010), Denmark (2012), Brazil (2013), France (2013), Uruguay (2013), New Zealand (2013), United Kingdom (2014), Luxembourg (2015), Finland (2015), Greenland (2015),  Ireland (2015) and United States (2015) = 21 countries and counting!

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President Barack Obama tweeted immediately after the ruling: ‘Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. 

Justice Anthony Kennedy was the swing vote.

Kennedy concludes his ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges with a soaring, eloquent paragraph that was trending on Twitter:

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope 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.”

The LGBTI community are the brightest stars in Russia

SHINE ON!

 

You have a right to love and be loved without being judged

You have a right to love and be loved without being judged

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