The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has ruled that homosexual couples may legally marry in all 50 states. “Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex.”
The vote came down 5-4 this morning with Chief Justice Thomas and Justices Scalia and Alito dissenting. Each of the four dissenters has written a dissent.
The e-version of the SCOTUS decision may be found HERE.
The Chief Justice has the principal dissent, which is 31 pages long. Toward the end of it, he says, “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. It had nothing to do with it.”
Justice Scalia writes, “If, even as the price to be paid for a fifth vote, I ever joined an opinion for the Court that began: ‘The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity,’ I would hide my head in a bag. The Supreme Court of the United States has descended from the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie.”