Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.
The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally.
This is in one of two astronomical decisions mandated by the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) in as many days. There are fundamental problems with the language used within the course of a piece of legislation that have got the Supreme Court Justices’ just floundering, as if they did not know their own language, simply acting on nuances as well as the context by which regular words are used. In an example I encourage everyone to read the decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts on the notion of the possession of state rights versus central government rights.
And yet today we have the exact same dilemma poring over these SCOTUS justices albeit fundamentally different. Within the context of same-sex marriage it is a must to look at the arrival of the initial problem, which is sexual orientation.
And here we go — in one way or another everything about same sex-marriage, LGBT community, the entire newness of sexual changes for children and adolescents, and the entire lobbyist’s that cuddle them ever so nuturistically, is based on one document — that has never been analyzed, critically examined, or even checked for the authoritarian, academic, and/or defined by the medical community.
Nonetheless we have arrived at a community that is now making laws, as well as other promiscuous decisions about what on earth “Sexual Orientation” means. If by happenstance one does wonder upon the definition of sexual orientation what it will say is that there are no medical, psychological, or psychiatric conditions known to humankind that would be able to influence their conclusions — which will not support of deny causality for one living the homosexual life. The direction of one’s sexual interest toward members of the same, opposite, or both sexes, especially a direction seen to be dictated by physiologic rather than sociologic forces. Replaces sexual preference in most contemporary uses.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, just as he did in the court’s previous three major gay rights cases dating back to 1996. It came on the anniversary of two of those earlier decisions.
“No union is more profound than marriage,” Kennedy wrote, joined by the court’s four more liberal justices.
The ruling will not take effect immediately because the court gives the losing side roughly three weeks to ask for reconsideration. But some state officials and county clerks might decide there is little risk in issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The cases before the court involved laws from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee that define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Those states have not allowed same-sex couples to marry within their borders and they also have refused to recognize valid marriages from elsewhere.
Just two years ago, the Supreme Court struck down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law that denied a range of government benefits to legally married same-sex couples.
The decision in United States v. Windsor did not address the validity of state marriage bans, but courts across the country, with few exceptions, said its logic compelled them to invalidate state laws that prohibited gay and lesbian couples from marrying.
The number of states allowing same-sex marriage has grown rapidly. As recently as October, just over one-third of the states permitted same-sex marriage. (Please tell me that it is not this number that has any significance!)
There are an estimated 390,000 married same-sex couples in the United States, according to UCLA’s Williams Institute, which tracks the demographics of gay and lesbian Americans. Another 70,000 couples living in states that do not currently permit them to wed would get married in the next three years, the institute says. Roughly 1 million same-sex couples, married and unmarried, live together in the United States, the institute says.
Okay then do the math: Variables, 390,000 same-sex couples married now; add whatever…to get to roughly 1 million great. Right now there exists 4.8 million married couples which illustrates that currently less than one percent of married folks are indeed same-sex. Furthermore, the population of the US is estimated to be 320 million; therefore, the percentile of same-sex married folks being less that one percentile NOW creates less than one third of population of USA. Meaning (0.003%).
The Obama administration backed the right of same-sex couples to marry. The Justice Department’s decision to stop defending the federal anti-marriage law in 2011 was an important moment for gay rights and President Barack Obama declared his support for same-sex marriage in 2012.