The world officially changed on Friday as the U.S. Supreme Court made marriage equality something for everyone and legal. Yes, same-sex couples were able to legally marry nationwide as of Friday when SCOTUS declared that refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples violates the Constitution. With that, the reactions from celebrities, the GOP, the internet, and even cats have started flying.
NBC News reported that the majority opinion in the 5-4 decision was finally written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, and a statement was made.
“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death.”
Once the ruling came down, the reactions began flowing like a river, and they came from all walks of life. Yes, there were both positive and negative reactions to the marriage equality legalization ruling, so let’s check out some of them.
The Huffington Post gathered together some of the best reactions from celebrities.
How far we’ve come since the Pres Obama & Sen. Clinton ran against gay marriage in 2008! People can change. Never give up. #SCOTUSMarriage
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 26, 2015
Love won. #MarriageEquality
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 26, 2015
The official Twitter account of The White House joined in on the party too.
There are a lot of other reactions as well, and many of them aren’t nearly as positive. Buzzfeed gathered together all of the reactions and responses from the GOP candidates in the 2016 presidential race.
“Guided by my faith, I believe in traditional marriage. I believe the Supreme Court should have allowed the states to make this decision. I also believe that we should love our neighbor and respect others, including those making lifetime commitments. In a country as diverse as ours, good people who have opposing views should be able to live side by side. It is now crucial that as a country we protect religious freedom and the right of conscience and also not discriminate.”
“While I disagree with this decision, we live in a republic and must abide by the law. As we look ahead, it must be a priority of the next president to nominate judges and justices committed to applying the Constitution as written and originally understood.”
“The Supreme Court decision today conveniently and not surprisingly follows public opinion polls, and tramples on states’ rights that were once protected by the 10th Amendment of the Constitution. Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that.”
On another, lighter note, the legalization of same-sex marriage and having marriage equality for all brought about many opinions from everyone. There were even those of the non-human world that had a reaction on the ruling, and Pride showed the best ones from cats.
The “OMG, so excited!” kitty
The “This calls for a party” kitty
The “I just gotta dance” kitty
While marriage equality for all is now a thing and same-sex marriage is legal for all those in the United States, it isn’t across the world yet. If it ever does, that may end up causing one couple to file for divorce in their happy straight marriage.
Same-sex marriage is now legal in the United States and across all 50 states as declared by the Supreme Court. The reactions are only just beginning and so is the opposition, but it has happened and it is a huge landmark day in the country.
[Images via Chrissy Teigen – Instagram/Twitter/Pride]