[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that homosexual couples can get married no matter what state they live in. Although 36 states and the District of Columbia recognized such marriages, this ruling means that the states that had a state ban on homosexual marriage can no longer do so.
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]The majority opinion was written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who had written the majority opinion on the three other gay rights cases to be ruled on by SCOTUS since 1996. In his 28-page ruling, Kennedy said, “”They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”
The losing side in the case has three weeks to ask for reconsideration, so the ruling will not take effect immediately. However, many of the 14 states who still had a ban on homosexual marriage are expected to simply comply with the ruling and issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples.
Of the 318,000,000 people in the United States, there are an estimated 390,000 who are in a homosexual marriage and roughly 1,000,000 homosexual couples either live together, married or unmarried, throughout the United States. The UC Williams Institute, which tracks demographics of gays and lesbians, says that after today’s ruling, 70,000 additional homosexual couples will likely get married within the next three years.
Barack Obama wasted no time in celebrating the decision of the Supreme Court tweeting “Today is a big step in our march toward equality.” The White House official Twitter feed also celebrated the SCOTUS decision.
Obama was against homosexual marriage before he was for it. Although he campaigned in 2008 as being a supporter of traditional marriage, it was revealed later, after his strong push for “marriage equality” that he actually lied to the American people. His political team were afraid that if his real stance in support of homosexual marriage was revealed, then it would negatively impact his chances of winning the presidency.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]Justice John Roberts was one of the four who voted against the nationwide lift of any homosexual marriage ban. After voting in favor of Obamacare on Thursday, essentially rewriting the law to make it legal thereby putting the SCOTUS in a legislative capacity, Roberts said of this case, “This court is not a legislature. Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us.”
Roberts added in his dissent, “If you are among the many Americans — of whatever sexual orientation — who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision. But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.”
Judge Antonin Scalia, who excoriated the court on Thursday for their judicial activism with the Obamacare decision, said that he is not so much concerned about same-sex marriage as he is about “this court’s threat to American democracy.”
The other two dissenting judges were Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Sam Alito.
The Supreme Court ruling comes just before the “Gay Pride” parades and “Gay Pride Weeks” are held in different cities around the country.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]