Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cautious Optimism - Marriage Equality: A Fundmental Right

As I write this, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is about to hear arguments on whether or not states have the ability to define marriage in such a way as to deny same sex couples the fundamental right of marriage.  SCOTUS will also hear arguments as whether or not states have the ability to deny recognition of same sex marriages performed in states where it is legal.

Trying to read the tea leaves, especially before oral arguments, is a fool's errand, but I have a feeling that in a 5 to 4 decision to come out this June, SCOTUS will finally bring marriage equality to all 50 states and the various territories/protectorates.  I think Justice Kennedy will write the majority opinion reaffirming the decision in Loving v Virginia which held that marriage is a "fundamental right" and that government has no business discriminating against same sex couples.

I am cautiously optimistic that marriage equality will become the law of the land.

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