THE WHITE HOUSE’S OFFICIAL RESPONSE TO THE SUPREME COURT’S DECISION ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE

By Tracey Ricks Foster, Senior White House Correspondent

 

The White House was aglow in the trademark colors of the LGBTQI community Friday evening after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision that legalized same sex marriage in all of America’s fifty states. The Supreme Court declared that “under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, no State shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.  The fundamental liberties protected by this Clause include most of the rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights. See Duncan v. Louisiana, 391 U. S. 145, 147–149 (1968).  In addition these liberties extend to certain personal choices central to individual dignity and autonomy, including intimate choices that define personal identity and beliefs. See, e.g., Eisenstadt v. Baird, 405 U. S. 438, 453 (1972); Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U. S. 479, 484–486 (1965).”

What does this mean? All fifty states in these United States will be obligated to acknowledge same sex marriage applicants, and in the actuality of marriage, all privileges and rights due to and through marriage, will be afforded to those who enter it. The Supreme Court further explains that “the nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality.  This is true for all persons, whatever their sexual orientation.”

Justices Scalia, Roberts, Thomas, and Alito were dissenters in the historic 5-4 decision. Justice Roberts argued in his dissent that “the truth is that today’s decision rests on nothing more than the majority’s own conviction that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry because they want to, and it would disparage their choices and diminish their personhood to deny them this right. Whatever force that belief may have as a matter of moral philosophy, it has no more basis in the Constitution than did the naked policy preferences.”

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