Bacio di Natalie Thompson (destra) a Pooja Mandagere (sinistra), due sostenitrici del matrimonio ugualitario, durante i festeggiamente fuori della Corte Suprema degli Stati Uniti d’America dopo la storica sentenza del 26 giugno 2015. Foto Doug Mills/The New York Times
La Corte Suprema rende legali i matrimoni gay in tutti i 50 Stati Usa. Barack Obama: «L’amore vince»
«Non è più possibile negare questa libertà. Nessuna unione è più profonda del matrimonio, perché incarna i più alti ideali di amore, fedeltà, devozione, sacrificio e famiglia. Nel formare una unione matrimoniale, due persone diventano qualcosa di più grande di quello che erano prima».
È con queste parole che la Corte Suprema degli Stati Uniti ha reso incostituzionali le leggi dei singoli stati che vietano il matrimonio tra persone dello stesso sesso, rendendolo dunque legale per tutti i cittadini in tutto il paese.
I matrimoni gay erano già legali in 36 stati americani e nella capitale (District of Columbia), ma i restanti 14 stati, quasi tutti nel sud conservatore, continuavano a vietarli. La Corte Suprema è intervenuta con la sentenza di ieri dopo che alcune coppie in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio e Tennessee avevano fatto causa contro il divieto nel loro Stato.
La sentenza, presa con cinque giudici favorevoli e quattro contrari, ha stabilito che in base al Quattordicesimo emendamento della Costituzione americana – quello che sancisce che “nessuno Stato priverà alcuna persona della vita, della libertà o delle sue proprietà” – gli Stati devono riconoscere a tutti i cittadini la libertà di sposarsi con chi vogliono.
Il presidente americano Barack Obama ha immediatamente salutato la storica sentenza su Twitter lanciando l’hashtag #LoveWins, l’Amore Vince:
«Oggi è un grande passo nella marcia verso l’uguaglianza. Le coppie gay e lesbiche hanno ora il diritto di sposarsi, proprio come tutti gli altri. L’amore vince», si legge nel messaggio.
Intervistato per commentare la sentenza, Obama ha dichiarato che si tratta di «una vittoria per l’America… quando tutti gli americani sono trattati in maniera uguale, siamo tutti più liberi».
La svolta americana arriva ad un mese dal referendum irlandese, due eventi che sottolineano ancora una volta l’arretratezza italiana, unico Paese Occidentale a non riconoscere alcun diritto – né matrimonio, né unioni civili – alle coppie dello stesso sesso.
Eighty two year old George Harris (L) and eighty five year old Jack Evans (R) walk into get married after getting their marriage license to be married at court house after fifty four years together in Dallas, Texas, USA, June 26. (LARRY W. SMITH/EPA)
Mindy Ross (left) and Jimmie Beall celebrate at the counter after putting down their money to receive a marriage license in Probate Court on June 26 in Columbus, OH. The US Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage. Ohio was one of the 14 states affected by the ruling. (Chris Russell/The Columbus Dispatch Photo via Associated Press)
Same-sex marriage supporters rejoice after the US Supreme Court hands down a ruling regarding same-sex marriage on June 26 outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. The high court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Same-sex marriage supporters rejoice after the US Supreme Court hands down a ruling regarding same-sex marriage on June 26. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Ethan Fletcher, left, and Andrew Hickam fill out their marriage paperwork at Hamilton County Probate Court, June 26, in Cincinnati. (John Minchillo/Associated Press)
Gay rights supporters celebrate after the US Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, outside the Supreme Court building in Washington. (Jim Bourg/Reuters)
Plaintiff Jim Obergefell speaks to members of the media after the US Supreme Court handed down a ruling regarding same-sex marriage on June 26 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Matthew Albritton of Washington, with the “DC Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence,” attends celebrations outside of the Supreme Court in Washington on June 26. (Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)
Nancy Waters peforms the ceremony for Lori Hazelton and Stephanie Ward who are the first same-sex couple to receive their marriage license on June 26, in Muskegon, Mich. (Mischa Lopiano/The Muskegon Chronicle via AP)
A man walks past a large rainbow flag hanging at City Hall in San Francisco, June 26. (Jeff Chiu/Associated Press)
Natalie Leslie, left, hugs her spouse Christina Leslie who is holding 9-month-old Alice Leslie after being married at the Coleman A. Young Building, June 26 in Detroit. (Carlos Osorio/Associated Press)
Lupe Garcia (left) and her partner Cindy Stocking, right, wait at the Travis County building for the Supreme Court ruling for same-sex couples on June 26 in Austin, Texas. (Eric Gay/Associated Press)
Alejo Jumat reacts as he hugs his husband, Christian Crowley, after they met up near the US Supreme Court following the announcement of the ruling on the same-sex marriage case. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)
Ashby Hardesty (2nd L) and Rodrigo Zamora (C) hold hands as they wait with friends for their wedding ceremony at the New York City clerk’s office in Manhattan in New York June 26. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)
Tori Wolfe-Sisson embraces a friend while gathering to celebrate the Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage outside the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 26, in Montgomery, Ala. (Albert Cesare/The Montgomery Advertiser via A)
Justin Kattler and Tim Loecker from Dallas, Texas celebrate outside the Stonewall Tavern in the West Village in New York on June 26. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)
Julie Fey and Dottie Pippin wait for their marriage license at Mobile County Probate Court after hearing of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of the same-sex marriage case, in Mobile, Ala., June 26. (Meggan Haller/The New York Times)
A supporter of gay marriage runs beneath a equality flag outside the Supreme Cour on June 26. (Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA)
Judith Gibson, left, and Barbara DiBarnard share a tender moment after they were married in their home in Lincoln, Neb. on, June 26. The couple, who have been together for 27 years, were finally able to legally apply for a marriage license in Nebraska. (Francis Gardler/The Journal-Star via AP)
Sasha Altschuler of San Diego, Calif., joins the celebrations outside the Supreme Court in Washington. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press)
People kiss and take a photo in front of the Stonewall Inn after the announcement on the same-sex marriage Supreme Court ruling on June 26. In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled Friday that the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage. (Toss Heisler/The New York Times)
Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown (center) marries Breanne Brodak (left) and Cortney Tucker in Pontiac, Mich., after the Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Michigan was one of 14 states enforcing a ban on same-sex marriage. (Carlos Osorio/Associated Press)
Emma Foulkes, left, and Petrina Bloodworth hold hands and show their wedding rings after being married at the Fulton County Courthouse, June 26, in Atlanta. (John Bazemore/Associated Press)
Gerald Gafford, right, comforts his partner of 28 years, Jeff Sralla, left, as they stand before Judge Amy Clark Meachum to obtain a time waiver at the Travis County in Austin, Texas. (Eric Gay/Associated Press)
Demonstrators gather at a rally in Greenwich Village to celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage, June 26, in New York. (Julie Jacobson/Associated Press)
Eric Hause of Norfolk, center, hugs Claus Ihlemann and Robert Roman in the lobby of the Slover Library, June 26, in Norfolk, Va. (Bill Tiernan/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)
Carolee Taylor and Jessica Dent are married by Paul Hard, June 26, in downtown Montgomery, Ala., making them the first same-sex couple married in Montgomery after the gay marriage bans were lifted. (Julie Bennett/AL.com via AP)
Rodrigo Zamora (L) and Ashby Hardesty exit the New York City clerks office after their wedding in Manhattan in New York June 26. Hardesty and Zamora waited until the Supreme Court decision before getting married to each other. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)
PFLAG members Betty Lynch, left, Carmel, Ind., and Annette Gross of Indianapolis, hug during a press conference in the Indiana Statehouse Rotunda in Indianapolis, June 26. (Michael Conroy/Associated Press)
The crowd celebrates outside of the Supreme Court in Washington on June 26 after the court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the country. (Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)
Fonte immagini: Boston Globe.
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