Friday, June 26, 2015

Read Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage

In a historic 5-4 ruling on Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all 50 states must allow same sex marriage.

"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 they once were."

"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," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority.

In a dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia blasted what he called the Court's "threat to American democracy."

"The substance of today's decree is not of immense personal importance to me. But what really astounds is the hubris reflected in today's judicial Putsch," Scalia wrote.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the decision has "nothing to do with the Constitution."

"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," Roberts wrote.

Read the the Supreme Courts full decision on gay marriage below:

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