The United States Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 to strike down the states’ bans on same-sex marriage.
Gay couples were allowed to marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia, but now, the 14 remaining states have to let them marry there as well.
Dara Parker, the executive director of Vancouver’s Qmunity resource centre, calls the ruling amazing.
She says she knows many couples from the US who’ve been forced to come to Canada to get married.
“We were waiting for the decision to come down, so I think everyone was anxiously hopeful that this would be a momentous day.”
Parker says her phone has been “blowing up” with congratulations.
Longtime Vancouver city councillor Tim Stevenson, who’s been married to his partner for ten years, says this ruling was the right thing to do.
“People are now going to be able to get married wherever they choose in the United States and that’s key.”
Stevenson says the only down side to this is the negative impact it may have on local tourism.
“A lot of Americans that did come over the border and got married in Canada and spent time here and obviously, when you get married, friends come and relatives come and it’s been obviously helpful.”