The United State supreme court has ruled in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in the USA ruling that states cannot ban same-sex marriages. Justice Anthony Kennedy said gay people should not be ‘condemned to live in loneliness’
The court ruled 5-4 that the Constitution’s guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law mean that states cannot ban same-sex marriages.
President Barack Obama, appearing in the White House Rose Garden, hailed the ruling as a milestone in American justice. In a tv broadcast he said that “all people should be treated equally regardless of who they are” and that “this ruling is a victory for America, this decision affirms what millions of americans already believe in their hearts, when all americans are treated as equal, we are all more free”
Conservatives denounced the ruling. Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said, “This flawed, failed decision is an out-of-control act of unconstitutional judicial tyranny.” Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum lamented that five “unelected judges redefined the foundational unit of society.”
Opponents say same-sex marriage legality should be decided by states, not judges. Some opponents argue it is an affront to traditional marriage between a man and a woman and that the Bible condemns homosexuality.
The decision has set right wing media alight with many asking what is next and seeking clarification on the ramifications of this historic decision:
Fox’s MacCallum: “What’s To Prevent” Three People From Getting Married Now? On the June 26 edition of Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, host Martha MacCallum said “We’re just trying to think about the ramifications, when a precedent is set, what it means down the road, right? So suppose three people say, we want to be a marriage; we’re three people, and we love each other, and we want to be a marriage. What’s to prevent that, under this?” [Fox News, America’s Newsroom, 6/26/15]
Conservative blogger John Hinderaker reacted to the decision by writing: “Today’s gay marriage decision tells us we do not live in a democracy. These are dark days.” [Powerline, 6/26/15]
Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol commented on the decision by declaring “Polygamy, here we come!”
Gay marriage now becomes legal in all 50 states.
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