Jun 262015
 
Justice Anthony Kennedy

Justice Anthony Kennedy

Justice Anthony Kennedy was the swing or deciding vote of 5:4 in the Supreme Court’s ruling on June 26, 2015.  The win now allows gays and lesbians to marry in all 50 states.  Yippee.  paula.

The dissenting Supreme Court opinions issued today in a ruling that ended state bans on same-sex marriage ranged from ridiculous to depraved, with justices Antonin Scalia invoking hippies and Clarence Thomas saying the government can’t bestow dignity on gays because of slavery and internment camps.

(4 men say No – 3 women and 2 men vote YES)

5-4
MAJORITY
DISSENT
Sotomayor
Kagan
Ginsburg
Breyer
Kennedy
Roberts
Scalia
Alito
Thomas

Shutting Down Old and Tired Excuses:  

1. On Procreation, Judge Kennedy states:

“That is not to say the right to marry is less meaningful for those who do not or cannot have children,” writes Kennedy, after pointing out the advantages for children of same-sex couples. “An ability, desire, or promise to procreate is not and has not been a prerequisite for a valid marriage in any State.”

And in perhaps the most sweeping section of the lengthy ruling, Kennedy rejected the concern expressed by chief justice John Roberts that the court should not get too far ahead of traditional conceptions of marriage that are limited to a man and a woman.

2. Marriage is traditionally between a man and a woman!

Judge Kennedy ruled: “The right to marry is fundamental as a matter of history and tradition, but rights come not from ancient sources,” writes Kennedy. “They rise, too, from a better informed understanding of how constitutional imperatives define a liberty that remains urgent in our own era.”

3. Incredible Words on Marriage – Judge Kennedy Style

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

Thank you, “YES” judges.   paula.

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