U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage
SCOTUS Makes Historic Decision
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Friday’s Supreme Court ruling legalizing same–sex marriage nationwide has established a new civil right, and has handed gay rights advocates a historic victory.
Both supporters and opponents are speaking out about the decision.
“Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle,” said President Barack Obama.
All men are created equal.
“Marriage equality, it truly is right there in the constitution,” said Nathan Westerberg, Co-Chair of the Duluth-Superior Pride Organization.
Friday morning, a divided Supreme Court ruled five to four, making same–sex marriage legal nationwide.
“When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free,” Obama stated.
The LGBT community in the Northland soaked in this historic moment.
“Trembling with elation, overcome, overwhelmed,” described Duluthian J.D.
“Just to finally live to see this amazing day, it just reiterates every single thing I’ve been taught my entire life,” Westerberg said.
Justice Anthony Kennedy was the pivotal swing vote.
In his majority opinion he wrote, ‘No union is more profound than marriage. For it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family.’
Dissenting arguments included one from Chief Justice John Roberts, who says, ‘Under the constitution, judges have power to say what the law is, not what it should be.’
Another from Justice Samuel Alito argues the constitution leaves that question to be decided by the people of each state.
President Barack Obama says it’s the project of each generation to bridge the meaning of our nation’s founding words with the realities of changing times.
“And sometimes there are days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt,” Obama said.
A day taking one step closer to equality for all.
“This is just our generations big moment to fit in there,” said Westerberg.
A day where love wins.
“Thank you to every homosexual who has fought their whole life for this day to happen, there are many of them,” said J.D.
This September will mark three years since same–sex marriage has been legal in Minnesota.
Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker is calling the court’s decision ‘a grave mistake.’