The United States made history on Friday as the Supreme Court of the United States overruled individual state laws and made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. The ruling came just after 10am on Friday after a 5-4 ruling of Supreme Court Justices. American’s across the country celebrated the historical ruling. In several cities, excited citizens went to their local magistrates and officially tied the knot.
President Obama publicly addressed the country after the ruling was announced. In a brief statement Obama said, “Americans should be very proud.” Both LGBT and heterosexual couples were celebrating the countries victory in granting a basic human right. Lawmakers have been fighting for the approval for a very long time. While many states jumped on board early on, there were still 14 states that did not allow same-sex marriage.
The new law comes at a crucial time for 2016 presidential candidates. ChicagoBooth writes that this landmark vote can add fuel to their campaign, both negatively and positively depending on which side of the fence they sit. Ohio Governor John Kasich, who is a conservative Republican spoke out regarding the ruling. Understanding that many Republicans may be against the ruling, he urged them to be respectful of the Supreme Court’s decision. It was evident he may not have agreed with the ruling, however supported the decision of the court. Jeb Bush, also a Republican candidate issued a similar statement, noting that “people who have opposing views should be able to live side by side.”