In a nation altering decision, the Supreme Court confirms that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right of all Americans and must be acknowledged by all 50 States. The Fourteenth Amendment requires a States to license a marriage between two people of the same-sex and to recognize such lawfully licensed marriages performed out of state.
After years of litigation and the legislatures inability to respond to the changing voice of society, the Supreme Court has taken same-sex marriage into its own hands.
5 Quotes from the Supreme Court decision on Same-Sex Marriage:
“Under the Constitution, same-sex couples seek in marriage the same legal treatment as opposite-sex couples, and it would disparage their choices and diminish their personhood to deny them this right.”
On Marriage Equality:
“The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality. This is true for all persons, whatever their sexual orientation.”
Why we Marry?
“Decisions about whether to marry and raise children are based on many personal, romantic and practical considerations, and it is unrealistic to conclude that an opposite-sex couple would choose not to marry simply because same-sex couples may do so.”
Preserving the Constitution in Modern America
“The nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own times. The generations that wrote and ratified the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment did not presume to know the extent of freedom in all of its dimensions, and so they entrusted to future generations a charter protecting the right of all persons to enjoy liberty as we learn its meaning.”
On Children and Families
“A third basis for protecting the right to marry is that it safeguards children and families and thus draws meaning from related rights of childrearing, procreation, and education.”
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