by Pandora Pushkin
The US Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is now legal across the United States. In a historic 5-4 decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy ruled that marriage is a constitutional right for all. President Barack Obama said the decision was a “big step” toward equality. Writing on Twitter, Obama said: “Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. Love wins!”
It is unclear how quickly marriage licences will be issued in states where gay unions were previously banned. Before the ruling, same sex couples could marry in 37 states in addition to Washington DC. Gay rights supporters took to the streets to celebrate the decision outside the court after the ruling was announced. Hundreds of people had camped out the night before awaiting the landmark decision.
Gay supporter Jon Dawson, 45, said: “We have waited for this day for decades. For too long America has let its prejudices rule. It doesn’t matter what sex you are if two people love each other. This is a great day in American history and long overdue.”
However, many Christian conservatives attacked the ruling.
“We must resist and reject this out-of-control act of unconstitutional judicial tyranny,” said Mike Huckabee, Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas governor.
President Obama was joined by other Democrats in celebrating the historic decision to let gays marry in all 50 states. Presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, rumored to be a closet lesbian, was particularly delighted. “Proud to celebrate a historic victory for marriage equality,” she tweeted.
HILLARY CLINTON: “I am proud to celebrate this historic victory!”
Meanwhile, the US Embassy in Tel Aviv broke new ground and raised quite a few eyebrows by flying the rainbow-colored gay pride flag below the Stars and Stripes in a show of support for the city’s Gay Pride week (see here) and in solidarity with the jubilant gay community throughout the world, celebrating its recent triumph in America.
BARRACK OBAMA: “Love wins!”
In response to a question whether there were any plans in the pipeline to criminalize heterosexuality and make marriage between straight couples illegal, a White House spokesperson declined to comment.
I phoned the Pope yesterday, in a desperate attempt to obtain clarification over this thorny issue. Unfortunately, I got the wrong number and was put through to an English gentleman called Lord Janner. “Sorry, I can’t speak to you!” he snapped. “I’ve just lost my marbles!” — and slammed the phone down on me.
In the background, I could hear a couple of boys tittering . . .
Whew, it’s been a hectic week!