Breaking News: Supreme Court Decides in Favor of Marriage Equality!

Breaking News: Supreme Court Decides in Favor of Marriage Equality! June 26, 2015

The news has just broken that the Supreme Court of the United States has issued its decision in a case that came before it regarding marriage between two people of the same gender.

Their decision legalizes same-sex marriage throughout the United States.

This is a major milestone in U. S. history.

Click through to read the full text of the decision on the Supreme Court website, or on the Mother Jones website, with additional information on the SCOTUS blog. The rationale includes an interesting discussion of the history of marriage, and of cases about same-sex marriage. Here’s a snippet from a key part of the conclusion:

These considerations lead to the conclusion 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. The Court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry.

Another key quote is this one: “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. … [The challengers] ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

It will be interesting to see how opponents of marriage equality react, and how it affects the climate of the so-called culture wars in the United States. What do you anticipate happening in the coming days – other than a number of weddings?

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  • I’m now reminded of the scene in “SPACEBALLS” where the three antagonists are blasted from their spaceship which had been converted into Mega Maid. In a scene ripped from the first “Planet of the Apes” movie but with rolls reversed, two Ape Soldiers stop their horses along the beach to see the three men exiting the nose of the statuesque space debris.

    Ape #1: Spaceballs?!
    Ape #2: There goes the planet.

  • James, we have ourselves a 5-4 decision that I think is correct, both as a matter of law and from the broader perspective of what’s right and fair. But a 5-4 ruling is only going to cause opponents of same-sex marriage to feel that if a “liberal” member of the court is replaced by a “conservative” appointee, the ruling will be overturned.

    I have skimmed the two dissenting opinions. The opinion of Chief Justice Roberts is clearly sympathetic to same-sex marriage. The opinion of Justice Scalia strikes me as mildly opposed to same-sex marriage. But both dissenting opinions appear based on the same reasoning, that the decision to legalize same-sex marriage should be left to the States and decided by State legislatures. The Roberts decision even goes so far to suggest that the better way to establish same-sex marriage is by the democratic expression of popular will (see Ireland, for example).

    I disagree with Justice Roberts. Our constitutional form of government is not a pure democracy. It has always recognized that certain fundamental rights are not open to popular vote. The best way to establish same-sex marriage in this country is AS a fundamental right, not as something that might wax and wane in electoral cycles.

    A 9-0 Supreme Court decision might have put this political question to rest. A 5-4 decision will not. Yes, I will celebrate the fact that everyone in the United States now has the right to monogamous marriage to a partner of heart’s choice. This is probably the biggest SCOTUS civil rights decision in my lifetime (I was born a year after Brown v. Board). Thank God for it. But we haven’t heard the last of this.

    • Christy Grobmeier

      Unfortunately, I agree that this isn’t the last of it. However, I will comment that once something is given, it’s very hard to take away (for example, Roe v. Wade).

    • Yeah. The unanimity of Brown was much more powerful than Kennedy being The Decider.

    • Andrew Dowling

      Are you American? Trust me, this is over. Opponents of SSM are literally dying off every day. Young people are overwhelmingly for gay marriage. It’s finished.

  • “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family”
    Though I really don’t care that much about homosexual marriage, I do oppose the SC decision as a misreading of the Constitution and violation of democracy.

  • In the coming days, the issue will die down. This will become like the interracial marriage issue. Nobody’s going to overturn the SC.

  • John Pieret

    It will be interesting to see how opponents of marriage equality react

    It won’t be pretty:

    There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth for several months but then it will calm down as nothing much happens … just as it has in those states which allowed SSM under court order. That clown Roy Moore in Alabama might stir some controversy but I doubt the governor (who just removed the Confederate flag from the state capitol) and the rest of the state supreme court are going to let him make the entire state a laughing stock. In 25 or 30 years the conservative Christians will be telling us that they lead the fight for marriage equality.

  • John MacDonald

    I couldn’t care less what the religious right has to whine about on this issue. Marriage is one of the most loving, sacred, and important of all human institutions. If God doesn’t agree with gay marriage, then God is Evil.

    • Gary

      Ahh…a Marcionite! I love it!

  • As expected, the cries of religious persecution are ringing the rafters here in Texas. Thank heaven for these “pastor protection” laws cropping up to save our Christian ministers from being “forced” to perform wedding ceremonies against their deeply held beliefs.

    The inherent lie in these bills is so apparent. As if pastors have ever been forced to marry anyone against their will.

  • John MacDonald

    This is a heads up for parents out there. The Disney Channel is going to introduce its first regular Gay character tonight in the one hour season premier for the popular kid’s show Andi Mack. The gay character is a 15 year old supporting actor (playing a 13 year old). Andi Mack continues to break ground for Disney, as Andi’s mother had her very young and gave her up for a while. See: