AH-mazing news — same-sex marriage is now a reality for all Americans! Yay!!!
President Barack Obama was supportive in his speech, of course — but the Supreme Court's vote was CLOSE, with same-sex marriage narrowly winning after a 5-4 ruling.
Now, we are learning more about the dissenting opinion against same-sex marriage, led by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.
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In his 29-page dissent, Roberts allowed for activists to celebrate the decision, but cautioned that in his opinion, it wasn't a decision that had anything to do with the Constitution:
"If you are among the many Americans — of whatever sexual orientation — who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today's decision. Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits. But do not Celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it."
Roberts argued that the decision undermined the democratic process, putting same sex marriage in the hands of attorneys as opposed to the American people, writing:
"Today, however, the Court takes the extraordinary step of ordering every State to license and recognize same-sex marriage. Many people will rejoice at this decision, and I begrudge none of that celebration. But for those who believe in a government of laws, not of men, the majority's approach is deeply disheartening.
Supporters of same sex marriage have achieved considerable success persuading their fellow citizens — through the democratic process — to adopt their view. That ends today. Five lawyers have closed the debate and enacted their own vision of marriage as a matter of constitutional law. Stealing this issue from the people will for many cast a cloud over same-sex marriage, making a dramatic social change that much more difficult to accept."
What do U think about Justice Roberts' comments?!
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