Supreme Court rules to legalize same-sex marriage nationwidePosted by Brinkley Branch on June 30, 2015
WASHINGTON (ANM) — The United States Supreme Court ruled on Friday in a landmark decision that all states must issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples. This decision was split 5 to 4 with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing the Majority opinion. Kennedy is often a swing vote in the court, but sided with the more liberal justices on this decision. With the landmark ruling, gay marriage becomes legal in all 50 states.
Justice Kennedy in his opinion wrote: “The history of marriage is one of both continuity and change, Changes such as the decline of arranged marriages and the abandonment of the law of coverture, have worked deep transformations in the structure of marriage, affecting aspects of marriage once viewed as essential. These new insights have strengthened, not weakened, the institution. Changed understandings of marriage are characteristic of a Nation where new dimensions of freedom become apparent to new generations.”
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., in a dissent joined by Justice Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, said the Constitution had nothing to say on the subject.
“If you are among the many Americans — of whatever sexual orientation — who favors 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.”
Conservative law-makers from Mississippi, Texas, Wisconsin, and other states have stood up since the ruling calling that this is unconstitutional. A supreme court ruling and opinion to be seen as a law, and for the Federal Government to usurp any power from the states–the only powers that the Federal Government has are the ones specifically granted to them in the Constitution.
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant released the following statement to the press on Friday: “Throughout history, states have had the authority to regulate marriage within their borders. Today, a federal court has usurped that right to self-governance and has mandated that states must comply with federal marriage standards—standards that are out of step with the wishes of many in the United States and that are certainly out of step with the majority of Mississippians.”
Attorney General Jim Hood sent an email Friday morning to circuit clerks across the state that notified them that the ruling is not effective immediately in Mississippi.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) have both been in discussion on whether to fight this in their presidential campaigns, the decision comes between removing it from the electoral conversation, or proposing a constitutional amendment to overrule the court.
Sen. Cruz said that the rulings on Obamacare, as the ACA is popularly known, and against state bans on same-sex marriage constituted “naked and shameless judicial activism” that has “undermined the fundamental legitimacy of the United States Supreme Court.”
Gov. Walker also slammed the ruling and called for the passage of a constitutional amendment that would allow states to define marriage.
The states affected by Friday’s ruling are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, most of Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.
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