Church group says US decision on same-sex marriage a rejection of 'natural order'
A local Christian lobby group is condemning this morning's US Supreme court decision legalising same-sex marriage, describing it as a rejection of the philosophy of natural order.
Chairman of the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, Dr Wayne West, also says the US decision may signal the country’s decline as a cultural and political superpower.
Parliamentarian, Ronald Thwaites, says he still holds the view marriage should be between a man and a woman.
But he says a legal way should be found to give same-sex couples certain benefits.
In a landmark 5-4 majority decision the US Supreme Court this morning ruled that marriage is a constitutional right for all.
Previously, gay couples could only marry in 36 states in addition to Washington DC.
But now the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, can no longer bans same-sex marriage.
Hundreds of activists gathered outside the Supreme Court building Friday to celebrate the decision, chanting, "Love has won" and singing the US national anthem.
The crowd also raised a large flag with the pink equal sign that has come to symbolize the gay marriage movement.
Minutes after the ruling, couples in one of those states, Georgia, lined up to be wed.
It is unclear how soon marriage licenses will be issued in states where gay unions were previously prohibited.
However the ruling will not take effect immediately because the court gives the losing side roughly three weeks to ask for reconsideration.
President Barack Obama welcomed the decision via Twitter, calling it "a big step in the country’s march toward equality."