After Ireland, the USA
In the USA, the country’s Supreme Court has ruled that state bans on same-sex marriage are in breach of the country’s constitution.
The ruling was by a narrow 5 votes to 4 margin.
President Obama commented, “This ruling is a victory for Jim Obergefell and the other plaintiffs in the case,” he said.
“It’s a victory for gay and lesbian couples who have fought so long for their basic civil rights. It’s a victory for their children, whose families will now be recognized as equal to any other. It’s a victory for the allies and friends and supporters who spent years, even decades, working and praying for change to come.
“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.”
37 states of the 50 had already introduced same-sex marriage recognition.
In the UK, Wales, Scotland and England have same-sex marriage while the Northern Ireland Assembly has persistently blocked legislation to permit it.