Travel industry organizations and suppliers issued statements in support of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling on Friday that same-sex marriage is a Constitutional right, offering their take on how the decision will impact the industry.

“Under U.S. law now, same-sex marriage ceremonies that are performed lawfully under the rules of a given destination must be recognized anywhere in the United States once those LGBT couples return home,” Lisa Sheldon, executive director of the Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists Association (DWHSA), said in a statement.

“This ruling makes it much easier for our LGBT clients to plan the destination wedding of their dreams without worrying about whether the authorities in their states will recognize the marriage once they return home.”

The decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges ruled that “the right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment couples of the same-sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty. Same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry.”

The Supreme Court wrote in its decision that the Fourteenth Amendment requires states to recognize same-sex marriages validly performed out of state.

"Global gay and lesbian travelers want to experience destinations where their relationships are respected, and now the U.S. will be one of them." — John Tanzella, International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association

“Since same-sex couples may now exercise the fundamental right to marry in all states, there is no lawful basis for a state to refuse to recognize a lawful same-sex marriage performed in another state on the ground of its same-sex character,” the ruling stated.

Thirty-seven states plus the District of Columbia had recognized same-sex marriages before today’s Supreme Court ruling. In those jurisdictions, travel agent clients who got married lawfully in a destination wedding ceremony used the official marriage license to register their union with local officials (such as county clerks, for example) after the trip.

The 13 remaining states that now must comply with today’s Supreme Court decision (Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas) will begin implementing the legal changes to recognize lawfully conducted same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions, including destination weddings, according to Sheldon.

DWHSA said that it will conduct training for its members to help them advise LGBT clients on today’s court decision.

John Tanzella, president and CEO of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, applauded the ruling.

“We celebrate a great victory for equality and love today, as the United States becomes the 20th country in the world to grant nationwide marriage rights to same-sex couples,” Tanzella stated. “Global gay and lesbian travelers want to experience destinations where their relationships are respected, and now the U.S. will be one of them.”

In light of the decision, Custom New Orleans, a destination management company, immediately created a new gay wedding planning division.

“Today’s historic decision by the Supreme Court provides New Orleans a unique opportunity to be a top destination for gay weddings,” stated Carling Dinkler III, president of Custom New Orleans. “We have created a division to meet the needs of those who choose the city for their weddings.”

Other travel companies expressed their support on social media.

“Today we join our employees and customers in celebration of marriage equality: #LoveWins,” Delta tweeted.

American Airlines tweeted: “We’re on board. Diversity strengthens us all & today we celebrate #MarriageEquality & the landmark #SCOTUS decision.”

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