Same sex marriage protected by 14th Amendment

I’ll let the final paragraph of the majority opinion speak on this issue:


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. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. 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.

Gay Marriage protected by 14th Amendment

Though the opinion is quite lengthy, I’d strongly encourage all readers to read the majority and dissents.  Though the result I applaud, the dissents make some very good points about flaws in the majority’s reasoning; not so much what the result is, but how the result was reached.  Not so much that this decision was made, but who ended up making the decision within our system of government.  Very interesting decision that could have far reaching impact about the power wielded by the United States Supreme Court.