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To Our Chief of Justice (1 of 2)

June 26, 2015

I found this simply stunning (but maybe, upon reflection, it shouldn’t have been such a surprise).

I turned on my news machine with this morning’s coffee and read, to my delight, that the Supreme Court has ruled that the right to marry belongs to all citizens.  (Full text of ruling.)

Well, frankly, I would have been stunned if a majority had thought otherwise. It’s simply so obvious (as I’ve thought out loud many times, in public and in private) that the teachings of Jesus, reported in the “New Testament,” the philosophy of The Enlightenment, and the U.S. Constitution, written by Enlightenment guys, all insist that humans are all the same and all hold the same inalienable rights; rights (and surely such fundamentally established rights as marriage) legally recognized for some can’t be denied for others. And the further codification of that principle was written into the Constitution after the southern aristocrats were defeated in the Civil War.

But now cometh the Chief Justice of our Supreme Court, who says that the Constitution had nothing to do with the ruling:

If you are among the many Americans—of whatever sexual orientation—who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision. Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits. But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.

Whatever was (is) he thinking?

Update:  Here’s part of it:

“Indeed, however heartened the proponents of same-sex marriage might be on this day, it is worth acknowledging what they have lost, and lost forever: the opportunity to win the true acceptance that comes from persuading their fellow citizens of the justice of their cause, Roberts wrote in his dissent. And they lose this just when the winds of change were freshening at their backs.

“Supporters of same-sex marriage have achieved considerable success persuading their fellow citizens—through the democratic process—to adopt their view, Roberts wrote.  That ends today. Five lawyers have closed the debate and enacted their own vision of marriage as a matter of constitutional law. Stealing this issue from the people will for many cast a cloud over same-sex marriage, making a dramatic social change that much more difficult to accept.”

Interesting excerpts from dissenting opinions.

[more to come]

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