White House celebrates SCOTUS marriage ruling with rainbow profile
The White House has celebrated the Supreme Court’s ruling which declared marriage a constitutional right for same-sex couples, by changing its Twitter profile to rainbow colours.
The highest court in the US made a surprise early decision today on same-sex marriage, after hearing ‘mega-case’ Obergefell v. Hodges.
The White House, after retweeting President Obama’s message of support, changed its avatar and tweeted a GIF containing the words “Love Wins”, and a brief history of same-sex marriage in the US.
A ruling had not been expected until Monday from the nine Supreme Court justices, who are attempting to resolve a ‘split’ in lower courts on the issue – and as such could decide on the issue once and for all for the entire country.
The victory of equality came by a vote of 5-4, as the justices ruled both that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, and that states are required to recognise marriages from elsewhere.
Justice Anthony Kennedy authored the majority opinion, and was joined by Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan in finding in favour of equality – while the court’s Chief Justice John Roberts, Justices Scalia, Alito and Thomas authoring a dissenting ruling.
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