President Obama: Same-sex marriage ruling has ‘made our union a little more perfect’

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-- President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court's ruling giving same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide represents a day when justice "arrives like a thunderbolt."

The president, in a Rose Garden statement, said the court ruling has "made our union a little more perfect."

It was not until 2012 that Obama announced his own support for gay marriage. Now, he says, the court ruling will end the patchwork of laws on marriage across the country and the uncertainty that they create for same-sex couples.

The White House has updated its Facebook profile image to reflect the Supreme Court's ruling that legalizes same-sex marriage in all 50 states.