Obama applauds benefit ruling for married gay couples

President Obama has welcomed a US Supreme Court decision to make married gay men and women eligible for federal benefits, whilst stressing the ruling does not change the way religious institutions define marriage. In a written statement, he said:

We are a people who declared that we are all created equal, and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.

The US president said the ruling applies only to civil marriages and that how religious institutions define and consecrate marriages has always been up to those institutions.

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US gay couples benefits ruling

President Obama has welcomed a historic US Supreme Court ruling to allow married gay couples eligible for federal benefits, but stressed it does not change the way religious institutions define marriage.