In 2012, President Barack Obama publicly announced that he was in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide. On Friday, his favor became a reality, and he spoke out about the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling. Obama referred to the news as “a victory for America.”
When he delivered the statement in the Rose Garden at the White House, Obama also mentioned that the United States was founded on “a bedrock principle: that we are all created equal.” Finally, millions of Americans are recognized as completely equal citizens in the eyes of the law.
Obama knows this was a long time coming. He stated that the country’s “slow, steady effort” saw “justice… like a thunderbolt.” Hard work pays off, and this country has been working tirelessly for a majority to accept gay marriage, especially in the past decade.
Additionally, Obama commended the “patchwork” system for marriage equality laws all around the United States. He said that America has made itself “a little more perfect” today, and the country “should be proud.”
We applaud the Supreme Court, President Obama, and the rest of the country for such a landmark decision on this day in history.