Landmarks across the world have been turning rainbow-coloured this weekend. The White House was illuminated on Friday after the US Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage across all 50 states in America. The decision overrules gay marriage bans in 14 states - news that sparked celebrations among the LGBT community.
This weekend also sees Pride celebrations in several cities across the world, including London, San Francisco and New York. The rainbow flag is used worldwide as a symbol of equality and gay rights.
The Supreme Court of the United States has made a mockery of our Constitution and the separation of powers. Between the rulings on ObamaCare and gay marriage, it is clear that this court is more focused on judicial activism than it is in interpreting the laws within the bounds of the Constitution.
Chief Justice Roberts, in his dissent in the gay marriage ruling, wrote, “Celebrate today's decision … but do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.” If that's the case, then the courts have become nothing more than another political wing with an agenda, rather than an instrumental protector and interpreter of our Constitution.
As some same-sex couples across the country celebrate the landmark ruling by either getting married or planning their union, others are being forced to wait to tie the knot as some states hold off on issuing marriage licenses. Some government officials in various Southern states have voiced concerns over the Supreme Court’s decision.
Louisiana and Mississippi could be the last states standing against gay marriage. Officials in those Deep South states decried Friday’s Supreme Court decision giving same-sex unions the green light. Of the 14 states that had banned gay marriage, 12 quickly announced they would follow the landmark ruling. Signals were mixed in Alabama, where the governor embraced the ruling, but two local judges were defiant.
Louisiana’s attorney general said it would wait for a final Supreme Court “order,” while Mississippi, which had its gay-marriage ban overturned last year, said it awaits a decision on its appeal in that case.
Alabama: First gay marriages conducted Friday. Gov. Robert Bentley declared, “We will follow the rule of law.” However, probate judges in two counties said they’d defy the decision.
Arkansas: A handful of gay couples have already married in Little Rock.
Georgia: Gay marriages have begun as Attorney General Sam Olens says the Peach State “is subject to the laws of the United States.”
Kentucky: Couples lined up for marriage licenses just hours after the SCOTUS ruling.
Louisiana: Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican presidential candidate, says the state will not immediately recognize gay marriage until a federal judge orders it to.
Mississippi: Three couples were issued marriage licenses Friday before state Attorney General Jim Hood said county clerks should halt issuing licenses to same-sex couples, while a state lawmaker suggested Mississippi should stop issuing marriage licenses altogether.
Missouri: A handful of gay couples who had previously applied for marriage licenses had their applications approved Friday.
Nebraska: County clerks got the OK to issue marriage licenses to gay couples within an hour of the SCOTUS decision. North Dakota: At least one couple was issued a marriage license after Friday’s ruling. State’s Attorney David Jones called it “the law of the land at this point.”
Ohio: Gay couples were issued marriage licenses in some counties while local clerks in some other counties said they were waiting for “official” notification of the change.
South Dakota: At least one couple obtained a marriage license within hours of Friday’s ruling. Tennessee: A handful of gay couples were issued marriage licenses Friday, while state lawmakers drafted a bill to “protect all religious clergy” from being forced to perform such unions.
Texas: County clerks across the state began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples despite State Attorney General Ken Paxton urging them to wait for direction from his office.