Same sex couples’ Supreme Court victory

June 26, 2013

gay2The Supreme Court came out in favor of gay marriage by voting to overturn a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act and letting stand a lower court ruling overturning California’s Proposition 8. [ChicagoTribune]

“The principal purpose and the necessary effect of this law are to demean those persons who are in a lawful same-sex marriage,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote in a 5-4 decision on Defense of Marriage Act. “This requires the Court to hold, as it now does, that Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the liberty of the person protected by the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution.”

The Defense of Marriage Act defined marriage, for federal purposes, as a relationship between a man and a woman.

In addition, the court voted 5-4 that it did not have jurisdiction to hear the Prop 8 case, leaving in place a San Francisco federal district court ruling that overturned the law that banned same sex marriages.

“The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the state, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity,” Kennedy wrote.

 


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57 Comments

  1. jarhead says:

    WHY do we even vote? the supreme beings strike down what we want , next they will want to marry their pets so they can have rights , what a bunch of BS

    (-3) 9 Total Votes - 3 up - 6 down
  2. mej says:

    This issue is not settled any more than Roe Vs Wade is settled. Half of the people do not believe in abortion and their family values are passed down to their children. The government co operates with Planned Parenthood in order to undermine the family values. Next in this current issue will be the government battling parents for the minds of their children in regards to homosexuality. Study after study has shown Head Start has no long term affect on children’s abilities, yet the government wants those children as early as possible in order to program their lives. You might be tempted to agree with their methods, but what is happening is that the government has spiraled out of control.

    (-4) 18 Total Votes - 7 up - 11 down
    • Slowerfaster says:

      What does abortion have to do with gay rights / equal rights / equal protection under the law ?

      Strawman !

      The government and Planned Parenthood conspiring to have heterosexual families produce more gay children ? Don’t you think that straight parents do this well enough on their own ?

      Head Start studies ? What studies ?
      Perhaps those ‘late start’ non-programs like hoam skueling are preferable ?

      I am presented with an enigma: does that Tea make you paranoid, or does incipient paranoia impel one to drink the Tea ?

      Aw fudgesicles ! Maybe you’re just stressed out making those dinosaur saddles.

      (3) 9 Total Votes - 6 up - 3 down
    • kettle says:

      mej says:”Half of the people do not believe in abortion and their family values are passed down to their children.”

      That is a load a hooey, but if it makes you feel better you can pretend it’s true.

      (0) 4 Total Votes - 2 up - 2 down
  3. zaphod says:

    Lets peek in and see God’s reaction to the decision! courtesy of Dwayne

    (6) 8 Total Votes - 7 up - 1 down
  4. Rambunctious says:

    This is a boondoggle…. for Guess who? Lawyers…more marriages means more divorces and more legal work. Follow the money. I guess thats a constant. That being said,,,I’m happy when people can marry without the Government being involved. No one should tell someone they can’t visit their partner of 20 years in the ICU. Especially the Federal Government. If you find love and it makes you happy…hang on to it. Actually I’ve never understood the opposition to “Gay Marriage”. Unfortunately I’m sure Ted will explain it to me. lol

    (2) 10 Total Votes - 6 up - 4 down
    • Jorge Estrada says:

      Getting married is what gets the government involved and the Superior Court then becomes the escrow officer through death or before.

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  5. lakerhater says:

    Now gay guys can be as miserable as straight guys………

    (7) 13 Total Votes - 10 up - 3 down
    • bobfromsanluis says:

      Miserable or not, gay couples will have the ability to have all of their rights as a “married” couple, and striking down DOMA also means that everything that the term marriage implies also will be recognized by the federal government and eventually same sex couples that have one or both as members of the US military.

      (-2) 22 Total Votes - 10 up - 12 down
      • r0y says:

        Not sure about the Federal government recognizing anything… this seems more like a States’ rights issue (rightly so, even though I’m not on the same side of this issue as you); this seemed more like the Fed saying “Hey, CA, this is your problem not ours” – and I wish they would do that with a WHOLE HOST of other things. Ironically, the Fed constantly over-steps its’ Constitutionally-mandated bounds, except here. They seemed to be on track here.

        That said, if Arizona or Georgia want “marriage” to be 1 man + 1 woman, then we are left with: will a homosexual couples (or polygamists… or beastialists?) when they move from Looney-left CA into Arizona or Georgia (usually escaping the very mechanisms they helped put in place) will their CA-legal marriage be recognized?

        (-4) 10 Total Votes - 3 up - 7 down
        • ironyman2000 says:

          This is a Civil and Human rights issue. Not a states rights issue. Never should have made
          it on the California ballot in the first place. If multiple people capable of informed consent
          want to have a marriage that is their business. The bestiality comment is simply idiotic.

          (1) 11 Total Votes - 6 up - 5 down
    • photocal says:

      No… now they can both be miserable…. weither a male or female couple… bet their parents are happy witth the marrage ?

      (5) 9 Total Votes - 7 up - 2 down
    • Rambunctious says:

      My good friend has been married 4 times and he is in favor of Gay Marriage. His explanation!…he wants to spread the misery. lol

      (11) 11 Total Votes - 11 up - 0 down
    • Slowerfaster says:

      Perhaps now there will be fewer ‘in-the-closet’ married guys hitting on gay guys, because the gay guys will now be wearing wedding rings.

      (0) 4 Total Votes - 2 up - 2 down

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