Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Same-Sex Marriage
In A Historic 5-4 Decision The Justices Say That The Constitution Guarantees Marriage Equality To Gay And Lesbian Couples Is A Nationwide Right.
LGBT Community Finds Another Reason to be Gay: Supreme Court Upholds Same-Sex Marriage
On Friday, the United States Supreme Court affirmed that marriages between couples of the same-sex are legal and lawful. In addition, the court ordered the fifty states to add reciprocity to same-sex marriages performed in other states. Previously, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) allowed states to not recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.
However, on Friday the high court brought to end the debate on the legality of same-sex marriages by affirming their protection under the fourteenth amendment. Justice Anthony Kennedy pointed out that marriage is a time honored institution which has been in place for thousands of years. At the same time, the institution itself was never impervious to societal evolution. Even over the course of the past century, he stated that advancements in women’s rights have changed the traditional marriage model. In this respect, marriage should also reflect the rights of two consenting adults to enjoin themselves in the union which is most sacred above all.
Justice Kennedy, who is the court’s swing vote, was persuaded in his view by the basic and simple fact that people of the same sex can love one another as much as a heterosexual couple. If two adults share that deeply intimate emotional bond, the law cannot bar them from likewise solidifying it through the covenant of marriage.
Needless to say, news of the decision spread joy throughout the nation. Jim Obergefell, who was the principle plaintiff in challenging Ohio’s same-sex marriage ban, is deeply satisfied that the court recognized the love he has for his partner as being equal to that of any loving man and woman. He stated that the decision is proof that “equal justice” applies to everyone and not just heterosexual people. Obergefell was so invested in the outcome of the case that he made the 500 mile trip from Cincinnati, Ohio, to DC every week in anticipation of the ruling. In accordance with established precedent, there will be a three week period during with the losing party may appeal the decision back to the Supreme Court. Regardless, municipalities throughout the nation began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples immediately following the announcement.