“Under the Constitution, same-sex couples seek in marriage the same legal treatment as opposite-sex couples, and it would disparage their choices and diminish their personhood to deny them this right,” Justice Anthony Kennedy
Amen. See that “diminish their personhood” part? That’s an important distinction to make. This story has been spread with the hashtag #LoveWins, but for my part I think it should be #RespectWins. Respecting one’s personhood is so vitally integral to a healthy nation, especially one that claims to embrace diversity so fully.
Justice Roberts wrote in his dissenting opinion, “But for those who believe in a government of laws, not of men, the majority’s approach is deeply disheartening.” Justice Scalia said the ruling is a, “threat to American democracy,” and a “constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine.” I feel like those who were against de-segregation and sufferage would have said very similar things. If the “unelected committee of nine” isn’t there to make decisions regarding who the Constitution says can and can’t be discriminated against, what are they there for?
“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 once they were… It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage… They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.” – Justice Kennedy
Some couples say the meaning of their marriage is diminished when homosexuals are allowed to get married. An Austrailian couple even threatened to get divorced if same-sex marriage became legal in that country. Because if two dudes can get married to each other, then what’s the point of marriage at all? I guess the point of their marriage is simply to mock same-sex couples for not loving who these people said they should love.
Personally, I’ll have my marriage mean the embodiment of, “the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family.” Honestly, this couple, and others who argue the “diminished meaning” point, should feel honored that such a large segment of the population desires to have what they have. Isn’t that the American dream? Keeping up with the straight Joneses? After all, us straight people have really been able to keep the sanctity of marriage pure, what with the 50% divorce rate we managed to get to – without the help of gay people.