Following today’s 5-4 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that all American states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Tony Brannon called it an “amazing victory for human rights” and said it “is now time for all the politicians to get their heads out of the pink sand on this issue.”
Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia already recognized same sex marriages, however the remaining states banned them.
In today’s ruling, the justices ordered that all states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize same-sex unions that have been legally performed in other states.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, saying: “No union is more profound than marriage. Under the Constitution, same-sex couples seek in marriage the same legal treatment as opposite-sex couples, and it would disparage their choices and diminish their personhood to deny them this right.”
The ruling prompted a massive response on social media, with most of the trending topics on Twitter related to the ruling, with many posting in support of the ruling, while some disagreed.
Facebook has released a filter that places a translucent rainbow image atop a user’s avatar, search giant Google paid tribute on their homepage, while Twitter changed their official account to include the rainbow colours.
President Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to declare his support for same sex marriage, and he signalled his support for the decision in an address today.
Tweet sent today by President Obama
Mr Brannon said, “This is an amazing victory for human rights. President Barack Obama has shown great leadership on this issue. It is now time for all the politicians to get their heads out of the pink sand on this issue.
“Legalization of same sex marriage is not only the right thing to do but it will be huge for tourism – which is down this summer. It is time for Bermuda to be on the right side of history. Sadly we are behind.”
Earlier this year Mr Brannon started a petition that called for the Bermuda Government to “Legalize same sex marriage and implement a complete and full human rights for all Bermuda citizens & visitors.”
The petition attained close to 2,500 signatures, and was presented to Minister of Community, Culture & Sports Patricia Gordon Pamplin last month.
According to a poll conducted earlier this year by Profiles of Bermuda, 58% of Bermuda voters opposed same-sex marriages, 38.6% were in favour, and 3.4% were unsure.