Updated: Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage
This morning, the Supreme Court of the United States historically ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, a decision President Barack Obama has called “a victory for America.” The decision overrules 13 state bans—including one in Missouri—on issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, making marriage a right for everyone.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the 5-4 majority opinion decision, saying, “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.”
Updated: In a statement, Mayor Francis Slay gave his support for the decision, saying, “Strong families hold communities together. I am very proud that the City’s clear, direct legal challenge to Missouri’s unconstitutional ban on marriage equality was upheld by the courts, allowing all couples to marry in our City and St. Louis County. Today, we celebrate the United States Supreme Court’s decision to grant that right to all couples everywhere. Finally, Americans can just call it marriage.”
Significantly, today’s decision coincides with the two-year anniversary of portions of the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) being struck down, as well as Pride Week in St. Louis.
Around Missouri, plenty of opportunities to celebrate are popping up, with rallies taking place all over the state this evening, including one in St. Louis at City Hall. ALIVE will also be hosting our own celebration of love winning tomorrow night, at Bud Light Presents ULTRA, St. Louis’ Ultimate VIP White Party during Pride Weekend. Cheers to love!