US officials joined in with the Pride celebrations over the weekend, which of course were brimming with joy thanks to the US Supreme Court ruling in favour of same-sex marriage.
A fair few US officials threw in their support, including U.S. Ambassador to Chile Mike Hammer, who was among the tens of thousands of people who took part in the Pride March in the south American capital.
— Mike Hammer (@MikeHammerUSA) June 27, 2015
He was not alone, as U.S. Ambassador to U.K. Matthew Barzu joined those of us marching in the London Pride celebrations, and there was also U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lipper who attended the march taking place in Seoul. US Ambassador Germany John Emerson was among the foreign officials who opened the Christopher Street Parade.
Emerson said: “Today marriage equality is the law of the land in the United States of America. This is a victory for people who have marched and fought and bled and died for decade after decade in the United States and around the world for LGBT rights.”
James Costos, who is the Gay U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, said that an event in Madrid to commemorate July 4 this year would actually mark a decade since same-sex marriage became legal in the country:
“Spain clearly led the way on this issue,” wrote Costos in an op-ed that El Mundo, a Spanish newspaper, published on its website. “Despite broad social acceptance and some of the most progressive laws in the world, there is still anti-LGBT discrimination.”
Secretary of State John Kerry also issued a statement, explaining why he voted against the Defense of Marriage Act: “I voted against the Defense of Marriage Act for a simple reason: No law should deny the right of gay and lesbian Americans to marry the person they love. Today, by making marriage equality the law of the land, the Supreme Court reaffirmed one of our founding principles — and our highest ideal — that we are all created equal.”
“The court’s decision also sends a clear message to every corner of the globe: no law that rests on a foundation of discrimination can withstand the tide of justice. We will continue that work, proud of the progress we’ve made in our own country and mindful of the challenges that still need to be overcome.”