Same Sex Marriage now legalised in the US
The US Supreme court has made an historic ruling to legalise same sex marriage across all states.
Previously there were 14 states who had banned homosexual couples from being able to marry, but this new ruling means they can no longer impose this ban.
President Barack Obama said the ruling was a “victory for America” and stated that “When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free”. It was reported that minutes after the decision, many couples living in the states that previously imposed a ban were lining up at court houses in order to get married that day.
The first state to allow same-sex marriage was Massachusetts, which granted the right in 2004. In recent years, a wave of legal rulings and a dramatic shift in public opinion have expanded gay marriage in the US. The case that prompted this ruling by the Supreme court involved an Ohio resident who was not recognised as the legal widower of his late husband.
In the UK, same-sex couples have been able to get married since 29 March 2014, although some still choose to register a Civil Partnership instead.
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