Friday, June 26, 2015

Love Is Love

From the New York Times:

In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in the 5 to 4 decision. He was joined by the court’s four more liberal justices.

The decision, the culmination of decades of litigation and activism, came against the backdrop of fast-moving changes in public opinion, with polls indicating that most Americans now approve of same-sex marriage.

Justice Kennedy said gay and lesbian couples had a fundamental right to marry.

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family,” he wrote. “In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”

...Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., in a dissent joined by Justice Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, said the Constitution had nothing to say on the subject.

“If you are among the many Americans — of whatever sexual orientation — who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision,” Chief Justice Roberts wrote. “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.”
With all due respect, John Roberts is a buffoon.

Yesterday, Roberts argued that words no longer have meaning. Today, language matters again.

Today, Roberts argues, "This court is not a legislature."


He considered it a legislature yesterday.

He's a joke.

Regarding the gay marriage ruling, I would hope that all those celebrating today's Supreme Court ruling are lending their support to all consenting adults wishing to define their particular configuration of love as marriage and have their particular unions recognized by the state and granted legitimacy.

It would be wrong, and should be declared illegal, to discriminate against people in other loving unions. Why should their love be denied?

If love wins, then love should win.

Since marriage has been deemed redefined across the country today, let's redefine it so no one is denied the right to express their love and the right to have their unions recognized as legitimate in the eyes of the law.

And, let's commit ourselves to uphold the RIGHTS guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Love IS love.

Marriage equality IS marriage equality.

Religious liberty IS religious liberty.

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