discussion on us supreme court ruling on same sex marriage
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled by a 5 – 4 vote that the constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. “No longer may this liberty be denied” Justice M. Kennedy wrote for the majority in the historic decision. He further stated that “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family.”
The decision which was the culmination of decades of litigation and activism, set off jubilation and tearful embraces across the country, the first same-sex marriages in several states, and resistance – or at least stalling – in others. It came against the backdrop of fast-moving changes in public opinion, with polls indicating that most Americans now approve of the unions. The court’s four more liberal justices joined Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion. The overarching conclusion reached by the Supreme Court is that the U.S. constitution does require states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.