Friday, June 26, 2015

SCOTUS Rules On Marriage Equality


The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the 14th Amendment DOES require states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples!!!!!!

The ruling effectively overturns gay marriage bans in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan.

I can imagine June 26th will be the unofficial Gay Rights Day from here on considering the decision today, the 2013 decision on the same date that struck down DOMA and the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas ruling that struck down sodomy laws.

From the ruling today:
"It is now clear that the challenged laws burden the liberty of same-sex couples, and it must be further acknowledged that they abridge central precepts of equality . . . Especially against a long history of disapproval of their relationships, this denial to same-sex couples of the right to marry works a grave and continuing harm. The imposition of this disability on gays and lesbians serves to disrespect and subordinate them. And the Equal Protection Clause, like the Due Process Clause, prohibits this unjustified infringement of the fundamental right to marry."
(drops mic...)

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