When Maryland legalized same-sex marriage by voter referendum in 2012, we were among the first states to do so by popular vote. Not three years have passed, and the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled 5 to 4 that same-sex marriage is a Constitutionally protected right.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy injected a dose of poetry into the majority opinion. “It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage,” he wrote. “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.”
As if you needed to be told, Kennedy was joined by justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel A. Alito, as well as Chief Justice John G. Roberts, dissented.
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