The U.S Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. The decision is a monumental victory for gay rights activists who have been fighting to transform the country’s views for decades.
Although thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia already recognize marriage equality, thirteen states still have a ban on same-sex union. The Supreme Court found, under the 14th amendment, states must issue marriage licenses regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.
Some people say the Supreme Court should have left the decision up to the States. Others believe marriage is a fundamental right under the Constitution and it is perfectly acceptable for the Supreme Court to interpret it as applying to all people whether of the same-sex or not.
Justice Kennedy delivered the majority opinion stating, “Marriage is a keystone of our social order.” The decision came exactly two years after Kennedy’s majority opinion in US v. Windsor, which denied benefits to married same-sex couples. The justices in favor of the majority opinion were Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. The justices on the other side of the decision however are outraged. Justice Scalia wrote a scathing dissent stating the decision was no smarter than a “fortune cookie.”
President Obama however, applauded the decision, saying it “affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts.” Further promoting the “Love Wins” slogan, which has been implemented across all social media sites. President Obama is the first sitting president to support same-sex marriage.
The decision was followed by a weekend of celebrations around the world. Hundreds of thousands of people marched in San Francisco, New York, Dublin, Paris, and other cities in support of the landmark decision with rainbow banners flying high.
What is wrong with people of the same-sex wanting to spend the rest of their lives together? Love is love right? Is the fight over or has it just opened up new barriers to overcome?
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