Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Couples Have Legal Right To Marry
It's a truly historic day, Instincters!
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is a Constitutional right in a 5-4 decision.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy writes in the majority decision:
“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family,” he wrote. “In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”
“It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage,” Justice Kennedy said of the couples challenging state bans on same-sex marriage. “Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”
This is unquestionably a day to celebrate after so many years of hard fought years working towards this goal.
In a dissent, Chief Justice John Roberts writes:
“If you are among the many Americans — of whatever sexual orientation — who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision,” Chief Justice Roberts wrote. “Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits. But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.”
Sorry, Justice Roberts, we're cheering too loudly to hear you!
Live it up, everyone! We've earned it.