America’s highest court ruled on Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.
In a historic decision, the court ruled with a 5-4 vote that marriage is a constitutional right for all.
Joined by the court’s four more liberal justices, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion.
“They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law,” Kennedy wrote. “The Constitution grants them that right.”
The ruling means individual states cannot prevent people from getting married based on their gender.
Gay and lesbian couples can already marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia.
After the ruling, President Barack Obama hailed the same-same marriage ruling as a “victory for America.”
Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins
— President Obama (@POTUS) June 26, 2015
“Today we made our union a little more perfect. America should be very proud,” Obama said on Friday morning in the White House.
The president acknowledged that many Americans have religious objections to the high-court decision.
“All of us who welcome today’s news should be mindful of that fact; recognize different viewpoints; revere our deep commitment to religious freedom,” Obama said.
The president said the ruling was the result of small acts of courage by ordinary Americans that made the country realise that "love is love."
It wasn’t immediately clear how soon marriage licences will be issued in remaining 14 states where gay marriages are previously prohibited.