“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy in his powerful last paragraph in Friday’s historic Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage. Standing solemnly in the White House Rose Garden, President Barack Obama called the ruling a “victory for America.” Vice President Joe Biden released a statement as well, declaring that “this day is for history to remember as one where, as a nation, our laws finally recognize that all people should be treated with respect and dignity—and that all marriages, at their root, are defined by unconditional love.”
Meanwhile, same-sex couples in the 13 states where gay marriage was banned as recently as Thursday have celebrated in their own way: Within hours of the decision’s announcement Friday morning, couples were already lining up to wed.
These photos from Friday morning show touching scenes of some of the first legal gay marriages in states that no longer uphold their bans.
First same-sex marriage license just issued in Arkansas post the SCOTUS ruling. pic.twitter.com/dndR0ROy1u— Elicia Dover (@EliciaDover) June 26, 2015
1st couple in line for marriage license in New Orleans. Initially told office wasn't ready. Now they're waiting. pic.twitter.com/eradYMxXB7— Katherine Sayre (@katherinesayre) June 26, 2015
First same-sex couple married outside Ingham County Courthouse Friday morning are Lee Chaney and Dawn Chapel pic.twitter.com/PEbFaKRhBA— Rod Sanford (@rod_sanford) June 26, 2015
First gay couple to get a marriage license in Boone County: Laura Zinszer & Angela Boyle. (Left: Nora Dietzel) pic.twitter.com/orkHjbxteR— Columbia Missourian (@CoMissourian) June 26, 2015
I asked if they were nervous. "No. Just hungry." pic.twitter.com/bpaJj1r2j2— Chas Sisk (@chassisk) June 26, 2015