Same-sex marriage decision "great step forward for human rights" in US

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The decision by the US Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriages across the United States is a "great step forward for human rights" in the country, according to the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon was speaking in San Francisco at an event to mark the 70th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

The majority of states in the US have already legalized same-sex marriage.

The ruling by the Supreme Court on Friday means that it is now legal across the country.

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has long advocated for the rights of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender or LGBT community.

He welcomed the decision.

"This is a great step forward for human rights in the United States and I join the LGBT community and its millions of allies in celebrating this historic decision."

The United Nations’ stance on LGBT rights clearly states that countries around the world have legal obligations to ensure that all people regardless of their sexual or gender preference is able to exercise their human rights.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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