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Marriage Equality hangs in the balance with Supreme Court

Marriage Equality hangs in the balance with Supreme Court

a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discriminations. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State. These convictions must be reversed.”

The Supreme Court case of Obergefell v. Hodge presented oral arguments on two basic  questions:

1. Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?

2. Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?

Marriage is an inalienable right.  But at present, according the Williams Institute “60,000 married same-sex couples live in stated with bans on marriage for same-sex couples.” And 61 percent of Americans today support same-sex marriage compared to 64 percent who opposed it in 2004 according to a recent ABC poll.

As Obergefell v. Hodge was being debated a U.S. Supreme Court Rally was taking place as a steady stream of LGBTQ speakers shared their compelling narratives of how marriage equality would give them rights, benefits, family security and full citizenship heterosexual couples and families have.

By closing arguments on April 28 the SCOTUS blog wrote “No clear answers on same-sex marriage.”

Democracy can only begin to work when those relegated to the fringes of society can begin to sample what those in society take for granted as their inalienable right. And sometimes for that to happen people , like Supreme Court Justices, have to step in to make the democratic process work for us all.

I hope before the court renders a decision all nine  Supreme Court justices have attended at least one same-sex wedding, because the experience would help them see that real lives are at stake.

While we have until June before the Supreme Court renders their decisions, I also hope the Court understands that we LGBTQ Americans merely want what heterosexuals Americans have always been able to take for granted-marriage!

"Democracy can only begin to work when those relegated to the fringes of society can begin to sample what those in society take for granted as their inalienable right."