Obama Hails New Gay Marriages

President Obama on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision not to take up the issue of whether states can ban gay marriage, which allowed same-sex couples in five more states to wed.

“All across the country now couples who love each other are able to join in that most meaningful of unions,” Obama said at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in New York City.

On Monday, the Supreme Court decided not to weigh in on whether individual states can prohibit same-sex matrimony. As a result, gay marriage is now recognized in Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Utah and Oklahoma. Additional states are likely to follow. On Tuesday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco struck down gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada.

The president in political settings has repeatedly trumpeted his evolution on same-sex marriage and has called on Republicans to make a similar transformation.