I had to stop over to my mom's house this morning. AS I walk in, she has the TV on and asked me if I had heard about this. To my surprise, she was almost in tears, saying she did not think she would see this in her lifetime. While she is, at 70 and single, unlikely to make use of the law herself, she is still incredibly moved that she could if she desired. And her being so happy made me pretty happy. I told her that the changing attitudes where precisely because she and people like her had lived openly and well, being good neighbors, good coworkers and good friends. It is easy to deny from those icky people in imagination. It is much harder to deny marriage from those we know and like and care about.
14 Supreme Court Cases: Marriage is a Fundamental Right | American Foundation for Equal Rights
and here's where it says that they can make that decision :
The judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution, the laws of the United States, and treaties made, or which shall be made, under their authority;--to all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls;--to all cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction;--to controversies to which the United States shall be a party;--to controversies between two or more states;--between a state and citizens of another state;--between citizens of different states;--between citizens of the same state claiming lands under grants of different states, and between a state, or the citizens thereof, and foreign states, citizens or subjects.
Supreme Court: Same-sex couples can marry in all 50 states | Fox NewsBut other justices argued that the court should not be able to order states to change their marriage definition. Chief Justice John Roberts, in a dissent joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia, called the ruling an "extraordinary step."
"Many people will rejoice at this decision, and I begrudge none their celebration. But for those who believe in a government of laws, not of men, the majority's approach is deeply disheartening," he wrote. "... The majority's decision is an act of will, not legal judgment."
Roberts wrote: "If you are among the many Americans -- of whatever sexual orientation -- who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today's decision. ... But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it."
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