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Supreme Court Decision a Victory for the LGBT Community

Updated on July 3, 2015
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Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage Nation Wide

Today, June 26, 2015 is a historical moment, not just for gay rights, but for freedom itself. Today in a narrow vote of 6-5 the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage nationwide. The subject of gay marriage and gay rights in general has been a subject of much controversy throughout the years. The struggle for gay rights has not only been a bumpy road, but one also paved with the blood of those who have been murdered for being gay, and those who committed suicide because they were unable to endure the hatred directed at them by society and those whom they loved.

Decision Long Overdue

Justice Kennedy Stated the opinion behind the Supreme Court’s decision, citing the Equal protection of the 14th Amendment. The 14th amendment Grants all citizens equal protection under the law. This amendment has frequently ignored in the past, as in the case of the segregation era. It has taken government intervention to grant minorities this equal protection. This nation has come a long way since Bill Clinton signed DOMA into law in 1996. The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA as it is referred to as, was struck down in 2013 in a previous Supreme Court decision. DOMA allowed the federal government to deny gay married couples benefits that were enjoyed by straight married couples. Striking down DOMA did not, however, Grant those rights to gay married couples who lived in states that did not recognize same-sex marriage.

This decision is one that is long overdue. In the past the Supreme Court has been reluctant to make decision that clashed with the beliefs of the religious majority, or as they like call themselves, the moral majority. It is not the job of the government to promote a particular religions Idea of what morality is. The government’s role is to uphold Justice for all its citizens, not to promote a particular concept of morality. Morality is not objective, it is subjected. The Idea of morality is a matter of opinion which cannot be proved or disproved. If our government was in the business of morality, we would be a theocracy like colonial England, and not a representative democracy.


Some Celebrate Decision While Others Do not

Not everyone in this country or even in the Supreme Court are celebrating today. Chief Justice Roberts offered a dissenting opinion. In his descent, he makes the Argument that since for millennia the definition of marriage has been the union of one man and one woman, it must be right and it must always remain that way. This is an argument we have heard over and over again from the opponents of same-sex marriage. Not only does this argument not make sense, it is simply not true. In history there have been times when marriage was a union between a man and 600 women. Even in the Bible that Christians use to support the “standard definition of marriage,” mention King Solomon, who was a follower of god, was said to have many wives and concubines. The definition of marriage that is accepted in America is not defined as it once was. Marriage was for a long time simply an exchange of property, and had nothing to do with love. You did not hear me wrong, I said property. Up until the last hundred years or so, women were considered property. A girl was considered property of their fathers, until a man purchased a woman to be his wife. The father would be compensated with life stock. Sort of takes all the glamour out of the Idea of marriage. Marriage for love is a very new concept in the long history of mankind. So to state that marriage has had the same definition for millennia is just not true.

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Chief Justice Roberts Descents

Roberts later makes the argument that the reason for marriage was the biological imperative to have and raise children. Is it biologically impossible to have children without getting married? Of course not, unmarried people have children all the time. If we deny the LGBT community the right to marry because they can’t create children with each other, should we deny marriage to infertile people, or post menopausal women? When a Married couple’s children are grown, and they can no longer produce children, should we force them to divorce? This argument, like most arguments against same-sex marriage, Doesn't hold water.


America Is Truly Becoming the Land of the Free

Somewhere he argues in there that the constitution doesn’t promote same-sex marriage. That’s because marriage isn’t even mentioned in the constitution. It also echoes an argument that marriage isn’t a right. Well if that’s true then I guess gay marriage opponents would be happy to also ban straight marriage as well. Same-sex marriage as well as heterosexual marriage might not be in the constitution, but the preamble of the constitution states that we are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Does the pursuit of happiness not include love, companionship, and even marriage? Today I am truly proud to be an American. I can hear the words “Land of the free” and truly believe it.

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    • Christopher Jay T profile imageAUTHOR

      Christopher Jay Thompson 

      3 years ago from Fort Worth, TX

      you need to find something better to do than troll people. please leave me alone.

    • Christopher Jay T profile imageAUTHOR

      Christopher Jay Thompson 

      3 years ago from Fort Worth, TX

      Ok, so lets deny people civil rights so you won't feel uncomfortable having to explain it to your child. I'm sure southerners felt the same when the ban on interracial marriage. Civil unions are not the same as marriage. They don't give the people in the union the same benefits as married straight couples.And if they were exactly the same why give it a different why give it a different name? your so bent out of shape by a word.If marriage is so sacred why do more than half of them end in divorce?Who told you the gay community hates Christians? Many of them consider them selves to be christian. Besides marriage was around long be fore Christianity or Judaism. They know longer consider being gay a mental illnes because they decided to base their findings on science and not bigotry like they did in the past.You are not adding anything worthwhile to this discudssion. You are just displaying your hatred. Please do that somewhere else like Foxnews.com or something.

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      Laura Izett 

      3 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Your title is right on!!! "Supreme court decision a victory for the LGBT community." Yes, It is, but really only for them...the less than 5% of the population has reason to celebrate. The half percent of that 5% who actually wanted to be married can now celebrate.

      No matter we'll deal with homelessness and discarded vets and their years long waits for rightful assistance with injuries and job placements or compensations. But heck, let's celebrate the victory for the LGBT. Well I'm not LGBT so I don't have much to celebrate so your title is very accurate.

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      Laura Izett 

      3 years ago from The Great Northwest

      How do you explain this to a 7 yr old. Just curious- I find the people who don't have a stake in the world (like you) don't care what others do as long as they're not personally effected. So my 7 yr old "heard" on the playground that girls can marry girls and boys can marry boys. Then she asks me so I can marry my best friend? So IF I reply "yes" then she goes onto be changed forever in her young impressionable mind that she can marry her buddy of the same sex. If I say you can marry anyone you LOVE, well, she loves her best friend. Now I have to explain the DIFFERENCE between heterosexual love and homosexual love is basically a sexual attraction. Again, I'm curious how do explain sexual attraction to a 7 yr old? I mean because the only difference between her marrying her best friend and who, she actually wants to marry someday is sexual attraction. Yep, you can marry anybody honey, even your best friend (because that's literally true) so now she has to go on for years thinking that yet not know about sexual attraction or experience it until later in life but by then she's already confused about whether or not she might be attracted to her best friend. Sorry but this is all B.S. and the only people supporting it are the ones who have an invested interest in it (LGBT) and the ones who are not effected by it personally.

      First, homosexuality should and really is still a mental illness. Please tell me WHY it was stricken from the DSM in 1973- yep, no reason. No proof it isn't a mental illness. I don't believe people who have a mental illness are capable of making a consenting decision. I believe our "acceptance" of LGBT is enabling them not to get help for their underlying issues.

      I know many LGBT (my dad is a transgender) and not one of them didn't have some sort of abuse, rape, or trauma that led them to be LGBT. Amazing isn't that?

      I'm all for LGBT getting their own form of marriage, maybe a civil union and calling it by such, but not taking over something already established as sacred to others. Besides the constitution it was dirty and underhanded of the LGBT community to take something held sacred to others. If they were loving people and did this solely for the rights (and not hatred for Christians) they would have established their own type of union unto themselves and called it something different then demand the same rights as married folks. They were aware this would cause a stir and dis-ease in the country and they don't give a crap yet we should be empathetic to their needs.

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      Christopher Jay Thompson 

      3 years ago from Fort Worth, TX

      I assume you are a Christian since you make the same asinine arguments that right wing Christians make. We are not talking about polygamy. We are talking about a contract between 2 consenting adults. Plus I say is people want 120 wives, let them have them. The purpose of the government is not to dictate morality, but to ensure their freedom. What if the tables were turned and you could only marry someone of the same sex, would you feel equal protected? your last statement betrays your original point. If you admit that the 14th amendment already protected our equal rights, than you are admitting that banning gay marriage was unconstitutional the minute the 14th amendment was written. Besides the Bible give me one reason gays should not be allowed to marry.

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      nicomp really 

      3 years ago from Ohio, USA

      "Not allowing gay people to marry is denial of the 14th amendment. "

      No, it's not. You don't understand equal protection.

      "If someone cant marry the person of there choosing, how do they have Equal rights? "

      Seriously, you don't mean that. Think it through. Does your concept of equal protection extend to three men and two women all getting married together? Of course not.

      "What it does mean is, what ever the law allows you to do it also allows me to do."

      That is precisely what the law already did.

    • Christopher Jay T profile imageAUTHOR

      Christopher Jay Thompson 

      3 years ago from Fort Worth, TX

      Not allowing gay people to marry is denial of the 14th amendment. If someone cant marry the person of there choosing, how do they have Equal rights? You are right Equal protection doesn't mean you can do what ever you want. What it does mean is, what ever the law allows you to do it also allows me to do.So, If I as a Straight person under the law can marry who I love, why can't a gay person? Equal means Equal. How is marrying who you love doing what ever you want.

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      nicomp really 

      3 years ago from Ohio, USA

      "The 14th amendment Grants all citizens equal protection under the law. "

      All citizens did have equal protection under the law. The law stated that a man could marry a woman according to specific conditions such as age and familial status. Those conditions applied to all men and women. It was the textbook definition of Equal Protection.

      Equal Protection doesn't mean you can do whatever you want. It means that a law is applied the same way to all citizens. We had that.

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