06/27/2015 // JusticeNewsFlash // (press release)
Washington – The Supreme Court recently ruled that same-sex marriage is a right guaranteed under the United States Constitution. The New York Times reports that the high court’s 5-4 ruling makes same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority decision “No longer may this liberty be denied… No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”
The decision follows years of efforts by activists and civil rights groups in a contentious battle for legal changes regarding the rights of gay couples in America. The long awaited victory for the movement was met with both resistance and applause.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote of the issue in dissent of the majority opinion “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.”
Many say that the decision is a milestone comparable to civil rights rulings regarding women and African Americans that now prohibit unequal treatment for these groups. Prior to the decision 13 states continued to ban same-sex marriage.
Outside of the Supreme Court hundreds of people waived rainbow flags and held signs while present for the decision.