Listen Live
    The color guard for LGBT veterans group OutVets marches down Broadway during the St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston, Massachusetts

    Kerry: US Supreme Court Gay Marriage Decision Sends Clear Message to World

    © REUTERS / Dominick Reuter
    US
    Get short URL
    5320
    Subscribe

    The Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage strengthens the cause of equal rights for gays around the world, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Friday’s Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage makes the United States the twentieth country to have done so.

    “The Court’s decision also sends a clear message to every corner of the globe: no law that rests on a foundation of discrimination can withstand the tide of justice.”

    Many Nordic and Western European countries allow gay marriage, as do Brazil, Argentina and South Africa, according to a tally by the Pew Research Center.

    A Special Envoy for the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Persons at the State Department is tasked with promoting equal rights for gays around the world.

    US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Friday in favour of gay marriage on constitutional grounds.

    The case, commonly known as Obergefell v Hodges, challenged the definition of marriage in four US states as "a union between one man and one woman," under the 14th amendment to the US Constitution, specifically the provision guaranteeing equal protection under the law.

    The US president, long an advocate of gay rights, said the United States should be proud of the Supreme Court's decision to grant equal rights to gay couples, which was the outcome of "countless small acts of courage."

    Before Friday's Supreme Court decision, 37 US states and the District of Columbia allowed gay marriage.

    Same-sex marriage in Florida
    © REUTERS / Javier Galeano
    Same-sex marriage in Florida

    Related:

    US House Speaker 'Disappointed' by Supreme Court’s Ruling on Gay Marriage
    UK Stays Silent on Kiev Anti-Gay Violence - Russian Ambassador to the UK
    Gay March in Kiev Ends With Clashes, Wounds and Arrests (VIDEO)
    The Music of Politics: Eurovision's Gay Agenda Runs the Show
    Australian Leadership Opposed to Ireland-Style Gay Marriage Referendum
    Ireland Passes Historic Legislation Legalizing Gay Marriage
    UK Court Fines Bakery for Refusing to Make Cake With Pro-Gay Slogan
    Irish Say Yes to Gay Marriage in Historic Vote – Preliminary Results
    Tags:
    gay marriage, Supreme Court
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik