Watch: YouTube Celebrates Same-Sex Marriage Being Legal in the Entire US (Video)
In case you don’t know yet, same-sex marriage is now legal in the entire US. This is after the US Supreme Court has ruled this Friday, June 26, 2015 out that no state in America can ban gay marriage. As the LGBT community all over the world celebrates its biggest victory ever, YouTube released a video to join the celebration.
“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family,” Kennedy wrote. “In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than they once were.” US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in his objection against the gay marriage ban.
“Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.” Kennedy added. who was one of the five US justices who voted ‘yes’ to same sex marriage. Four other US Supreme Court voted ‘no.’
So far, there are now 21 countries across the globe that legalize same-sex marriage. This includes Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and Uruguay.
Right after the release of the court’s ruling, US President Barack Obama congratulated all gays and lesbians in America, saying that “When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free.” Prior to the release of US Supreme court ruling, there are already 37 US states that allow same-sex marriage, along with the District of Columbia.
Meanwhile, the caption of YouTube’s LGBT tribute video has the hashtag #ProudToLove and says “Over the last 10 years, everyone from moms to presidents have uploaded videos in support of LGBT awareness, to stand up against bullying and discrimination, and to say together, as a community, that marriage equality matters.”
The decision was also welcomed by the LGBT community here in the Philippines. Ang Ladlad Party-list spokesperson Bemz Benedito said that despite the Catholic Church strong opposing gay marriage in the country, this latest development will surely inspire Filipino gays and lesbians to file similar petitions, and to fight for equal rights.
For us here at TN, we join the LGBT community in their celebration. As a Filipino, we strongly support the equality of rights regardless of gender, race, and religion. And although we also respect the Catholic Church, we believe that all of us have the freedom to choose our own happiness, for as long as it does not hurt anyone.