The Supreme Court on Friday delivered an historic victory for gay rights, ruling 5-4 that the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live and that states may no longer reserve the right only for heterosexual couples.
The court’s action marks the culmination of an unprecedented upheaval in public opinion and the nation’s jurisprudence. Advocates called it the most pressing civil rights issue of modern times, while critics said the courts had sent the country into uncharted territory by changing the traditional definition of marriage.
“The court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion.
The country’s first legally recognized same-sex marriages took place just 11 years ago, the result of a Massachusetts state supreme court decision. Now, more than 70 percent of Americans live in states where same-sex couples are allowed to marry, according to estimates.
Holy cow, what a week. Lots of change. All of it was just a matter of time. Now everyone can marry who they love, all over the nation.
Looking back, the end result of all these changes is that people have more rights. This should be seen as a good thing.
Same-sex marriage was only a matter of time and is definitely a civil rights issue. The LGBT community still has a long way to go to have full rights. There still is no job protection, for example. It’s been less than 50 years since Loving v. Virginia codified interracial marriage in Virginia. At the turn of the century, there were places were homosexual sex was illegal. Imagine the number of lives that have been ruined because former respected members of communities across the country were somehow discovered. That is no longer an issue.
Just as a perspective, when I was a young psych major in college, homosexuality was by the AMA and the American Psychiatric Association as a mental illness. We have come a long way, in so many respects. The wheels of social justice march on. Limbaugh has something to bitch about for decades.