El Paso Times
The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.
Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court's 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.
The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, just as he did in the court's previous three major gay rights cases dating back to 1996. It came on the anniversary of two of those earlier decisions.
"No union is more profound than marriage," Kennedy wrote, joined by the court's four more liberal justices.
Clarence Thomas idiot comment about "slaves did not lose their dignity". Really. AND, Thomas is married to a white woman. Wasn't too long ago that THAT type of marriage wasn't allowed.
I like this from the Dallas Morning News
The court also wisely and sensitively addressed the concerns of Americans who oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds. Said Kennedy: “Many who deem same-sex marriage to be wrong reach that conclusion based on decent and honorable religious or philosophical premises, and neither they nor their beliefs are disparaged here. But when that sincere, personal opposition becomes enacted law and public policy, the necessary consequence is to put the imprimatur of the State itself on an exclusion that soon demeans or stigmatizes those whose own liberty is then denied.”
Like the court, we respect that some religious traditions see same-sex unions as an affront to their canons, scriptures and traditions. Places of worship will not be compelled to conduct same-sex marriages, and the court’s decision also clearly respects clergy whose faith calls on them to perform marriages of gay and lesbian couples. We also believe that the institutions’ religious liberties, such as their tax-exempt status, should not be compromised by this ruling.
But none of those concerns negate the need for a secular government to bestow equal rights to its citizens, regardless of sexual orientation. Fairness demanded this outcome.