In one of its most socially significant decisions in recent years, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of a national right to same-sex marriage.
Here is the key paragraph from Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion.
According to SCOTUSblog, all four dissenters – including Chief Justice John Roberts – authored dissents.
But it was Justice Antonin Scalia, at once apparently both apoplectic and resigned, who provided the most quote-worthy material.
Political reaction among opponents of same-sex marriage was, well, as you might expect.
Zoe Carpenter writes at The Nation on how the right’s next tactic in their fight against gay marriage will likely be “religious liberty.”
Among the field of Republican presidential candidates the responses ranged from outrage to resignation; none embraced the ruling. Some were quick to throw red meat to the conservative base, ignoring yet another thing the GOP supposedly learned after getting crushed in 2012. But a few of the more serious candidates, who have read the polls and know aggressive opposition to gay marriage spells trouble in a general election, tried to shift the focus to one of the next issues in the marriage debate, which Nan Hunter explores in detail here—the attempt to frame discrimination as the exercise of “religious liberty.”
Andrew Sullivan, a longtime advocate of marriage equality wrote, simply, “It Is Accomplished”.
But some things you know deep in your heart: that all human beings are made in the image of God; that their loves and lives are equally precious; that the pursuit of happiness promised in the Declaration of Independence has no meaning if it does not include the right to marry the person you love; and has no force if it denies that fundamental human freedom to a portion of its citizens.