Supreme Court rules [5-4] gay couples nationwide have a right to marry

Washington Post, By Robert Barnes, June 26

BREAKING NEWS: In a landmark victory for gay rights, a divided Supreme Court ruled that state prohibitions on same-sex marriage violate the Constitution.

The Supreme Court will be back at work Friday putting the finishing touches on a historic term, with one major decision completed and a landmark ruling on same-sex marriage to be announced.

The court on Thursday delivered a pair of decisions that delighted civil rights groups and the Obama administration. In one, it said that the protections of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 extend beyond policies that are intentionally discriminatory and forbid actions that appear neutral but have the effect of harming minorities.

More prominently, the justices upheld a major part of the Affordable Care Act that said subsidies intended to help low- and moderate-income Americans buy health insurance are available to all who qualify, not just to those who live in states that have set up insurance marketplaces.

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Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex.

Each of the four dissenters has written a dissent.

The Guardian’s Live Blog: Supreme court: gay marriage legal across the US – live updates


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  • Catholic Bishops’ Bulletin Insert: Gay Marriage Ruling Is ‘Threatening Religious Freedom in Numerous Ways’

    Catholic News Service, By Terence P. Jeffrey, July 4

    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has prepared an insert–for placement in church bulletins distributed at Sunday Masses around the country–that responds to the Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex marriage is a “right.”

    The insert, entitled Marriage and the Supreme Court, says that the court ruling falsely redefines marriage, “threatening religious freedom in numerous ways,” and calls on Catholics to give “witness for the truth of marriage,” and to be “prepared for false charges of discrimination” when they do so.

    “This broad, adverse ruling redefines marriage in the law throughout the entire country, changing thousands of laws regarding marriage, family and children and threatening religious freedom in numerous ways,” says the bulletin insert.

    “Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable,” the bulletin insert says, quoting Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, who is the president of the USCCB.

    The bulletin insert asks and answers the question: “What is Marriage?”

    “Marriage is the permanent and exclusive union of one man and one woman, for the good of the spouses and for the procreation and education of children. One man, one woman, for life,” say the bishops.

    National Catholic Reporter: US Bishops on Marriage Decision: ‘A Tragic Error’, June 26

    Juan Cole: No, GOP, biblical Marriage was not between one man and one woman

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