Friday June 26 2015 will go down in the history books as a monumental day for love and equality.
In case you’ve been living under a rock all morning, earlier today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of same sex marriage throughout the United States of America.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority:
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 they once were.
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.
Amen to that!
The ever-odious Justice Antonin Scalia blasted the decision in his dissent (of course), calling the ruling a "threat to American democracy" and blasting the power of SCOTUS....
The substance of today's decree is not of immense personal importance to me. But what really astounds is the hubris reflected in today's judicial Putsch.
Meanwhile, Chief Justice John Roberts opined that the ruling had "nothing 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.
However, President Barack Obama would beg to differ on that note CJ…..but, hey, what does HE know on the subject? He was just a former Senior Lecturer/Professor of Constitutional Law at U.C. for 12 years?!!
“This morning the supreme court recognized that the constitution guarantees marriage equality,” the POTUS said in a speech following the ruling.
"Today, we can say in no uncertain terms that we have made our union a little more perfect.”
And guess what?
(At time of posting) the sky has yet to fall in…… there has yet to be even a hint of any great pestilence or other such old testament style God given acts of wrath wreaked throughout the great land of northern 'Merica……not even a little smiting here and there has been reported so far......there’s been no hell fire, brimstone, whatever…..even in Texas!
Looks like hetero married couples are still married, just as they were before..... nothing has changed folks..... rest assured, there's a bunch of teenage boys out there somewhere still getting all hot and bothered over the latest Victoria's Secret catalogue.....life WILL go on!
In fact, hours on from the landmark ruling and….hmmmm….. everything seems to be pretty much business as usual, with the exception of Fox News anchors getting their panties in a twist….
#MarriageEquality and #LoveWins are among some of the hashtags trending like crazy as social media lights up with messages of joyous celebration—as well as with the inevitable dumb-as-shit homophobic rants, raves and predictions of America going to hell in a handbag.
Oh girlfriend, per-lease......
Check out Popdust’s gallery of Hollywood’s out and proud stars (and Lindsay Lohan) and mark one up for love everywhere.