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Supreme Court Strikes Down Bans on Same-Sex Marriage

Jun 26, 2015  •  Post A Comment

“In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage,” reports The New York Times.

The story reports: “Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in the 5 to 4 decision. He was joined by the court’s four more liberal justices.”

The Times adds: “Justice Kennedy said gay and lesbian couples have a fundamental right to marry.”

President Obama tweeted, “Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins

ABC News, in its news story on the ruling, noted: “Public support for gay marriage has reached a new high, with 61 percent of respondents in an ABC News/Washington Post poll two months ago saying gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to legally marry.”

The Washington Post reported: “Reading a dissent from the bench for the first time in his tenure, [Chief Justice John] Roberts said, ‘Just who do we think we are? I have no choice but to dissent.’

“In his opinion, Roberts wrote: ‘Many people will rejoice at this decision, and I begrudge none their celebration. But for those who believe in a government of laws, not of men, the majority’s approach is deeply disheartening.’”

NBC News noted: “A total of 36 states now permit gay couples to get married, covering roughly 70 percent of the US population. Today’s ruling means the bans must end in the other 14 states — Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.”

One Comment

  1. Justice Roberts, I will tell you who we are…we are a people who are free to choose what we believe and who we can love. There is not one single reason to deny gay marriage except for religious dogma which has no place in civil law. Since marriage has been secularly performed by judges, justices of the peace and sea captains for hundreds of years, there is absolutely no reason that two people of the same sex should not be allowed to make a secular commitment to each other. Churches should have the right to choose whether to perform these ceremonies or not. But…I am sick to death of religious organizations telling me what I can or can’t do. To do anything other than this would be a violation of the separation of church and state. And no, I am not gay.

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