By Barack Obama June 26, Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle that we are all created equal. The project of each generation is to bridge the meaning of those founding words with the realities of changing times—a never-ending quest to ensure those words ring true for every single American Progress on this journey often comes in small increments. Sometimes two steps forward, one step back, compelled by the persistent effort of dedicated citizens. And then sometimes there are days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.
This morning, the Supreme Court recognized that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality. In doing so, they have reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to the equal protection of the law; that all people should be treated equally, regardless of who they are or who they love. This decision will end the patchwork system we currently have.
This ruling will strengthen all of our communities by offering to all loving same-sex couples the dignity of marriage across this great land. Supreme Court ruled that the U. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, June 26, Manuel Balce Ceneta—AP 1 of 8 Advertisement In my second inaugural address, I said that if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.
It is gratifying to see that principle enshrined into law by this decision. This ruling is a victory for Jim Obergefell and the other plaintiffs in the case. And this ruling is a victory for America. This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts. When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free. My administration has been guided by that idea. I know a change for many of our LGBT brothers and sisters must have seemed so slow for so long.
I know that Americans of good will continue to hold a wide range of views on this issue. Opposition, in some cases, has been based on sincere and deeply held beliefs. But today should also give us hope that on the many issues with which we grapple, often painfully, real change is possible. Shift in hearts and minds is possible. And those who have come so far on their journey to equality have a responsibility to reach back and help others join them, because for all of our differences, we are one people, stronger together than we could ever be alone.
We are big and vast and diverse, a nation of people with different backgrounds and beliefs, different experiences and stories but bound by the shared ideal that no matter who you are or what you look like, how you started off or how and who you love, America is a place where you can write your own destiny. We are people who believe every child is entitled to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. There is so much more work to be done to extend the full promise of America to every American.
And slowly made an entire country realize that love is love. What an extraordinary achievement, but what a vindication of the belief that ordinary people can do extraordinary things; what a reminder of what Bobby Kennedy once said about how small actions can be like pebbles being thrown into a still lake, and ripples of hope cascade outwards and change the world.
Those countless, often anonymous heroes, they deserve our thanks. They should be very proud. America should be very proud. The parade involved male and female homosexuals, who marched without incident two miles from Gay Activists headquarters to a park near City Hall. With fists raised, they shout a football style "Gay Power" cheer at police blocking the building. Militants often charge police brutality and welcome arrest for the sake of publicity.
They also encourage press coverage of their protest actions. Members of his organization were protesting City Council reluctance to debate a fair employment bill for homosexuals. We welcome outside contributions. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editors.