Alyn Smith MEP, member of the European Parliament for Scotland has applauded a historic decision of the US Supreme Court, which ruled today that gay and lesbian couples across the country have a constitutional right to marry under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment.
Same-sex marriages are now legal across the entirety of the United States after a Supreme Court declared Michigan's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional, revoking it and others like it across the nation.
Alyn, a member of the European Parliament’s LGBTI Intergroup and a Trustee of LGBT Youth Scotland, said:
“I send my congratulations to my American friends and I’m absolutely delighted for all those who fought so hard for marriage equality in the US. This ruling is a real step forward and today is a day of triumph of equality in the United States. This may prove the most important civil rights case in a generation, bringing about change in law but also public perceptions.
“At least 36 states and the District of Columbia currently recognise equal marriage in some form. The decision of the Supreme Court leaves no doubt, same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the country and the remaining states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans.
"Whatever the interpretation of marriage, it is essentially a contract between two people, made in full witness of their peers, their friends and their families. There should be no inequality at the heart of it and today’s decision is a real step towards making marriage inequality history."