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FILE - In this April 28, 2015, file photo, demonstrators stand in front of a rainbow flag of the Supreme Court in Washington, as the court was set to hear historic arguments in cases that could make same-sex marriage the law of the land. Gay and lesbian couples could face legal chaos if the Supreme Court rules against same-sex marriage in the next few weeks. Same-sex weddings could come to a halt in many states, depending on a confusing mix of lower-court decisions and the sometimes-contradictory views of state and local officials. Among the 36 states in which same-sex couples can now marry are 20 in which federal judges invoked the Constitution to strike down marriage bans. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

In this April 28, 2015, file photo, demonstrators stand in front of a rainbow flag of the Supreme Court in Washington.

“Today we can say in no uncertain terms that our union is a little more perfect,” said President Barack Obama in the White House Rose Garden. “That’s a consequence of a decision from the Supreme Court, but more importantly it is a consequence of the countless small acts of courage of millions of people across decades who stood up, who came out, who talked to parents, parents who loved their children no matter what, folks who were willing to endure bullying and taunts.”

Obama acknowledged the “so quick” move of public opinion and legal barriers to same-sex marriage, when compared to other civil rights issues. The president himself had a change of heart, declaring his new support for same-sex marriage in 2012.

“I know that Americans of good will continue to hold a wide range of views on this issue,” Obama said. “Opposition in some cases is based on sincere and deeply held beliefs. All of us who welcome today’s news should be mindful of that fact, recognize different viewpoints, revere our deep commitment to religious freedom.”

 


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