Gay and happy ... Ikeita Cantu, left, and her wife Carmen Guzman, hold up signs as they c

Before lunch on Friday the United States Supreme Court ruled state bans on same-sex marriages were unconstitutional, enshrining gay marriage into law across America.

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. Justice Kennedy

As Justice Anthony Kennedy read his majority opinion from the bench a crowd outside exploded with joy. Hundreds sang, danced, hugged and wept.

The two huge victories for progressive forces in America’s ongoing culture war seemed too much for some of the conservative field running for the White House. The former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, a pastor and presidential hopeful, rejected the ruling outright. “I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat,” he said. 22h22 hours ago

Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else.