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Obergefell v. Hodges 
26th-Jun-2015 04:39 pm
Today the United States Supreme Court gave its decision in a number of appeals, styled as Obergefell v. Hodges. In a 5-4 split, the majority of the court held that same-sex couples may now exercise the fundamental right to marry in all States, and that there is no lawful basis for a State to refuse to recognize a lawful same-sex marriage performed in another State simply on the grounds that it is a same-sex union.

The majority held the refusal of a state to allow or acknowledge same-sex marriage was a denial of the right to due process and to equality before the law. Like the protection that the court gave to allow interracial marriages, same-sex marriage is entitled to the same protection.

The minority held that the question of whether or not marriage was limited to the union of a man and a woman was something for the voters to decide, not the court, and that the Constitution does not grant a right of liberty to marry someone of the same sex.

Poll #2015225 Obergefell

Which reasoning do you agree with?

The majority
The minority

[Note: a fuller explanation of the majority opinion can be found here and a fuller explanation of the dissenting opinions can be found here.]

27th-Jun-2015 04:25 pm (UTC)
o wow 11 to 1
i wonder what that 1 person thinks
30th-Jun-2015 03:35 am (UTC)
I think diversity of opinion is a good thing. I believe a person can disagree with the majority without being homophobic or narrow-minded. But like you, I just found the majority's reasoning harder to refute, while it was easy for me to pick holes in the minority opinion.
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