WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIVB) – Friday morning, President Obama addressed the nation with statements on the Supreme Court’s ruling which grants same-sex couples the right to marry.
“This ruling will strengthen our communities by offering to all loving same-sex couples the dignity of marriage across this great land,” the President said. “No matter who you are or what you look like, how you started off or who you love, America is a place where you can write your own destiny.”
WATCH VIDEO above of Pres. Obama’s statement to the nation.
Prior to the ruling, same-sex marriage still was illegal in 13 states. Actions of state and local official will determine how quickly gay couples can marry, though many have prepared for this ruling, setting up protocols to handle a surge of new marriage applicants.
“Today we can say, in no uncertain terms, that we’ve made our union a little more perfect,” Obama said.