Supreme Court Approves Same-Sex Marriages in 5-4 Decision

LBN’s Emily Collins reports that the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, has made same-sex marriage a right in all fifty states. The case involved twenty-four plaintiffs from four states. Obergefell v. Hodges was the case at the center of the contest in which the plaintiffs sought the same rights for same sex partners as those granted to heterosexual couples.

The Court based its decision on the Fourteenth Amendment and held that it was unconstitutional to deny same sex partners the right to marry or to refuse to recognize a same sex marriage from another state. Justice Kennedy, in the majority opinion, wrote that ”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. . . . [Petitioners] ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

Kennedy was joined by the Court’s four liberal justices to form the majority. Each of the four dissenting Justices wrote an opinion. President Obama applauded the Court’s decision. The U.S. has become the 21st country to recognize same-sex marriage.

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