The United States Supreme Court ruled today in favor of same sex marriage, making it the law of the land in all fifty states.
Now, President Barack Obama has spoken on the landmark decision, sharing his thoughts on the importance of equality for LGBT couples, as well as congratulating activists and allies who have fought so long for marriage equality.
President Obama recognized the Court’s importance in the decision, but also acknowledged the silent heroes involved in the long, important process:
“Progress on this journey often comes in small increments. Sometimes two steps forward, one step back. Propelled by the persistent effort of dedicated citizens. And then sometimes, there are days like this, when that slow steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.
This morning the Supreme Court recognized that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality. In doing so they have reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to the equal protection of the law. That all people should be treated equally, regardless of what they are, or who they love.”
The president continued, touching on countless small acts of courage that have improved the country and our community:
“Today, we can say, in no uncertain terms that we’ve made our union a little more perfect. That’s the consequence of a decision from the Supreme Court, but more importantly is a consequence of the countless small acts of courage.”
Watch President Obama’s remarks on the Supreme Court’s same sex marriage ruling (above)!