For the Day:

Same-Sex Marriage

SAME SEX

Washington

In a wide-reaching decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has declared same-sex “marriage” as a constitutional right.  By a vote of 5-4, the Court ruled on 26 June that all US States must recognize same-sex “marriages” under the 14th Amendment. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing the majority opinion, said that same-sex couples can “exercise the fundamental right to marry.” He characterized this as a liberty that had been denied to them. Chief Justice John Roberts and 3 Justices dissented, and, in an unusual step, each wrote separate opinions. Backers of marriage as a union of one man and one woman argued that marriage cannot be redefined. Some also said the matter should be left to the people and the States and not decided in Court