US Supreme Court upholds Same Sex Marriage (26 Jun 2015)
“No longer may this liberty [of fundamental right to marry] be denied,” said Justice Anthony Kennedy. “Justice that arrives like a thunderbolt,” remarked President Barack Obama in response to the historical 5-4 decision made. Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor took lead as they did in the United States v. Windsor with Justice Kennedy. Kennedy read that the stories of the people asking for the right to marry “reveal that they seek not to denigrate marriage but rather to live their lives, or honour their spouses’ memory, joined by its bond.” President Obama celebrated this decision as of upholding the founding principle of US that “all Americans are created equal.”
Justice John Roberts read in dissenting, “Court is not a legislature. Whether same sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us” and that the decision “had nothing to do with the constitution.” Justice Antonin Scalia labelled the decisions as a “judicial putsch.”
Obama administration stopped defending the federal anti-marriage law in 2011. The affected states of this new decision are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, most of Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.