Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage
In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is constitutional. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, joining all the Court's liberals. Justices Thomas, Alito, Scalia and the Chief Justice, John Roberts, dissented.
The majority opinon said, in part:
"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."
In his dissent, Chief Justice Roberts wrote:
"If you are among the many Americans--of whatever sexual orientation--who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today's decision. 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">constitution">Constitution. It had nothing to do with it."