Not much more to say right now except “How quick can I get off work to go celebrate with my friends?”
If you’d like to read the 5-4 decision striking down same-sex marriage bans in the USA, you can do so HERE.
Also, too, suck it Bill Schuette, Todd Courser, Gary Glenn, and Cindy Gamrat. Your bigotry and hatred lose today and forever.
UPDATE: Oh, hell. I have a LOT more to say as I read through the decision. Here are the highlights for me…
- There is an “abiding connection between marriage and liberty”.
Someone go tell Todd Courser. He needs to know this.
- “Same-sex couples have the same right as opposite-sex couples to enjoy intimate association, a right extending beyond mere freedom from laws making same-sex intimacy a criminal offense…Outlaw to outcast may be a step forward, but it does not achieve the full promise of liberty.”
- “Without the recognition, stability, and predictability marriage offers, children suffer the stigma of knowing their families are somehow lesser. They also suffer the significant material costs of being raised by unmarried parents, relegated to a more difficult and uncertain family life. The marriage laws at issue thus harm and humiliate the children of same-sex couples.”
- “The right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment couples of the same-sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty. Same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry.”
Paging Todd Courser…
- “The right to marry is fundamental as a matter of history and tradition, but rights come not from ancient sources alone. They rise, too, from a better informed understanding of how constitutional imperatives define a liberty that remains urgent in our own era.”
- “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.”
- “[I]t is unrealistic to conclude that an opposite-sex couple would choose not to marry simply because same-sex couples may do so.”
Can I say that it’s pathetic that this even needs to be said?That argument proved long ago just how desperate the Bigot Faction in this country is.
The final paragraph is a thing of beauty:
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. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.
Pass the hankie…