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.
The US Supreme Court has ruled married gay couples should be entitled to the same benefits as heterosexual couples.
The US Supreme Court will this week begin a new chapter in its review of discrimination based on sexual orientation.