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Obama: 'Love wins' in legal gay marriage 'thunderbolt'

The US Supreme Court has narrowly voted to legalise gay marriage across America. President Obama called it a "thunderbolt" and declared that "love wins". The historic decision means 14 US states will now have to scrap their laws banning same-sex unions.

McKellen and Jacobi celebrate US marriage equality

Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi have celebrated same-sex marriage becoming legal across the US with confetti and Queen in a Vine video.

The actors, who star as a couple in the ITV sitcom Vicious, wore Stonewall Inn T-shirts as Sir Derek made a faux marriage proposal to the sound of Queen's We Are The Champions.

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Obama calls marriage ruling 'a victory for America'

US President Barack Obama called the same-sex marriage ruling "a victory for America."

"This morning the Supreme Court recognised that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality," Obama told journalists in the White House Rose Garden.

"In doing so they've reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to the equal protection of the law, that all people should be treated equally regardless of who they are or who they love," he continued.

"This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts - when all Americans are treated as equal we are all more free."

Gay rights campaigners erupt into cheers at the news

Gay rights campaigners cheered as they heard the news same-sex marriage had been declared legal across the US.

"Did we do it? Did we do it?" one man can be heard saying before cheers erupt.

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Obama hails same-sex marriage ruling as 'a big step'

President Barack Obama has called the US Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage "a big step in our march toward equality":

1,400 gay marriages in three months since new law

More than 1,400 same-sex couples have married in the first three months since the gay marriage bill was introduced, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

Of the 1,409 marriages that took place in England and Wales between March 29 and June 30, 56% were between female couples while 44% were between male couples.

Just over 1,400 gay couples tied the knot in the first three months since the historic same-sex marriage law was introduced. Credit: PA

A family lawyer described the overall figure as "surprisingly" low and said that the number is likely to increase when the law changes this December to allow civil partners to convert to same-sex marriages.

"We have received many inquiries from same-sex couples wanting information for how they can change their civil partnership to a marriage," said Slater & Gordon's Andrew Newbury.

"Due to this, we suspect the figures will increase when the law changes this December allowing civil partnership to convert to same-sex marriage."

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