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Yup folks ... thats today.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/26/supreme-court-gay-marriage_n_7470036.html

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Friday that it is legal for all Americans, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, to marry the people they love.

The decision is a historic victory for gay rights activists who have fought for years in the lower courts. Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia already recognize marriage equality. The remaining 13 states ban these unions, even as public support has reached record levels nationwide.

The justices found that, under the 14th Amendment, states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize same-sex unions that have been legally performed in other states. Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered the majority opinion and was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor. In a rare move, the four dissenting justices each wrote an opinion.

The lead plaintiff in Obergefell v. Hodges is Ohio resident Jim Obergefell, who wanted to be listed as the surviving spouse on his husband's death certificate. In 2013, Obergefell married his partner of two decades, John Arthur, who suffered from ALS. Arthur passed away in October of that year, three months after the couple filed their lawsuit.

Obergefell was joined by several dozen other gay plaintiffs from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee who were fighting to be able to marry and to have their marriage recognized in every state in the country.

In the majority opinion, the justices outlined several reasons same-sex marriage should be allowed. They wrote that the right to marriage is an inherent aspect of individual autonomy, since "decisions about marriage are among the most intimate that an individual can make." They also said gay Americans have a right to "intimate association" beyond merely freedom from laws that ban homosexuality.
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Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Anthony Kennedy. These five justices were in the majority in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. (Photos: Getty)

Extending the right to marry protects families and "without the recognition, stability, and predictability marriage offers, children suffer the stigma of knowing their families are somehow lesser," the justices wrote.

The majority concluded that the right for same-sex couples to marry is protected under the 14th Amendment, citing the clauses that guarantee equal protection and due process.

In his dissent, Chief Justice John Roberts, joined by Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, argued that same-sex marriage is not endorsed by the Constitution. "Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits," they wrote. "But do not celebrate the Constitution."

Scalia, in his own scathing dissent, complained that the majority opinion lacked "even a thin veneer of law." He quipped, "Who ever thought that intimacy and spirituality [whatever that means] were freedoms? And if intimacy is, one would think Freedom of Intimacy is abridged rather than expanded by marriage. Ask the nearest hippie."

The country's views of same-sex marriage have transformed since 2004, when Massachusetts became the first state to allow gay couples to wed. In 2013, the Supreme Court began chipping away at the country's legacy of discrimination against same-sex couples when it struck down part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which prevented same-sex couples whose marriages were recognized by their home state from receiving the hundreds of benefits available to other married couples under federal law.

In its opinion, the majority recognized the profound cultural shifts in marriage views, citing both the Chinese educator Confucius and the Roman philosopher Cicero. The justices noted how marriage has been transformed from a union arranged by a couple's parents for financial reasons to a voluntary contract, and from a male-dominated relationship to an agreement where women have "equal dignity." These changes, the majority wrote, have strengthened the institution of marriage.

"Changed understandings of marriage are characteristic of a Nation where new dimensions of freedom become apparent to new generations," the majority wrote.

President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to support marriage equality when he came out in favor of it in 2012, the same year that the Democratic Party made it part of its platform for the first time. On Friday, Obama called the ruling "a victory for America."

The Republican Party and its slate of 2016 presidential aspirants, however, remain opposed to same-sex marriage. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) support a constitutional amendment protecting states that want to ban marriage equality.

Some conservatives have advocated for a civil disobedience effort against a Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage. However, officials in red states told The Huffington Post recently that they are prepared to implement the decision, going so far as to ready gender-neutral marriage licenses and set later office hours. Gerard Rickhoff, who oversees marriage licenses in Bexar County, Texas, said that if same-sex couples are discriminated against elsewhere in the state, "Just get in your car and come on down the highway. You'll be embraced here."

As the majority wrote in its opinion, the petitioners' "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."

And here are the folks that said so:

 

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I just want to know why Ruth wears a spit rag!
 

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Dont see what the big deal is
Doesnt affect me in any way
And if someone is against gay marriage then dont have one
 

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Dont see what the big deal is
Doesnt affect me in any way
And if someone is against gay marriage then dont have one
Absolutely agree.

What all the Fox News types don't seem to understand is those who identify as LBGT over years and years, over generations in both Canada and the US represent something less than 4% of the population at any point in time.

Media loves this tho...it generates page views and papers sold. It seems bigger than it is.
 

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I dont care if someone love the person they love. USA is still changing. Just wait till the aliens come and humans and aliens want to get married and what they will say.
 

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(The JagHunter blog./ fellowshipofminds.wordpress./ Washington Insider: Obama Member of Chicago Gay Man’s Club):

1. According to informed sources in Chicago's gay community, as well as veteran political sources in the city, President Obama and his chief of staff Rahm Emanuel are lifetime members of a gay bath house in Chicago, called Man's Country.

2. The Man's Country website advertises steam rooms, 'fantasy rooms,' bed rooms, male strippers, adult movies, and lockers.

3. The Chicago gay community is aware that Obama often made contacts with younger men at his 'pick-up basketball' games.



On 24 May 2010, WAYNE MADSEN wrote that:

4. At one of these 'pick up basketball' games Obama first met Emanuel.

5. Several well-placed sources in Chicago have reported that Jeremiah Wright, the pastor of Obama's former church of 20 years, ran 'a matchmaking service' for gay married black professional members of the church'.

The matchmaking club was called the 'Down Low Club' (DLC).

Among the members of the 'DLC' were Obama and Donald Young.

Young and a gay member of the church Larry Bland were murdered in 2007.


Chicago

On 24 May 2010, WAYNE MADSEN wrote that:

6. Reggie Love serves as Obama's personal trainer and White House 'special assistant'.

Love is also reportedly one of Obama’s regular gay sex partners.

7. Obama's chief of staff Emanuel travels frequently with a male companion, a wealthy Chicago real estate developer.

According to Chicago's gay community, as well as political sources, Emanuel and his friend have gone together on a trip to India, skiing vacations, and soon plan a vacation in Florida.

In Chicago’s gay community, Emanuel is known as 'sugar daddy,' promising young men with perks and lucrative positions if they sleep with him.


Openly gay Alex Okrent died mysteriously in July of 2012 in the Obama Campaign Offices, in Chicago's Prudential Building. Is Barack Obama Gay?

On 24 May 2010, WAYNE MADSEN wrote that:

8. Men who have reportedly had sexual relations with Barack Obama:

Donald Young, TUCC Choir director
Larry Sinclair, gay escort
Reggie Love, White House presidential assistant and Obama’s “body man”
Artur Davis, US Representative from Alabama and gubernatorial candidate
Bill Frist, former GOP Senate Majority Leader
Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts

9. Obama and his chief of staff provide classic blackmail threats.

~~~~~Old News but have at it...
 

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Cutting and pasting nutty suposition while flying the rebel flag is no way to go through life son.

Find something in your life to be angry about THAT MATTERS and change it, because your simple thoughts and words about the choices and lifestyles of others will not change the way people think & feel about equal rights for all humans.

100 years from now, you and your ilk will be seen as the toothless redneck hordes trying to deny equality to others ( just like the clan). change the way you think, or at least use your real name and own it.
 

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Cutting and pasting nutty suposition while flying the rebel flag is no way to go through life son.

Find something in your life to be angry about THAT MATTERS and change it, because your simple thoughts and words about the choices and lifestyles of others will not change the way people think & feel about equal rights for all humans.

100 years from now, you and your ilk will be seen as the toothless redneck hordes trying to deny equality to others ( just like the clan). change the way you think, or at least use your real name and own it.
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more if I could.
 

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Cutting and pasting nutty suposition while flying the rebel flag is no way to go through life son.

Find something in your life to be angry about THAT MATTERS and change it, because your simple thoughts and words about the choices and lifestyles of others will not change the way people think & feel about equal rights for all humans.

100 years from now, you and your ilk will be seen as the toothless redneck hordes trying to deny equality to others ( just like the clan). change the way you think, or at least use your real name and own it.
Please post photo of YOU. Angry ? Not at all. Posting FACTS ? YES..
 

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Time to stir the pot :p

First this is taking away states rights to vote against it.

Prediction for the future:
Since the government now has a required stance on gay marriage, whats to say the government will get rid of the tax exemptions from religious institutions which still ban gay marriage? A strong argument could be made that the government is still supporting gay marriage ban partially through the tax exceptions of the religious.
This is a slippery slope indeed.
Soon there will be a tax on the religious and people who practice religious right won't be able to do so freely without paying uncle sam first. If certain people are elected than freedom of religion may be a thing of the past with the government possibly trying to destroy the religious institutions of this country with a high tax. Who knows what may happen. Maybe they will even force these religious faiths to perform gay marriages at their pretty cathedrals and places of worship because they have to treat gays equal just as much as everyone else. Like I said, a slippery slope indeed.
 

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Why would anyone care what people do? This post actually kinda makes me sick that people discriminate the way they do. There is nothing wrong with LGBT... And actually I should prob remove myself from this site if it supports the sexist racist bull**** that was just posted.
 

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I'm sorry but you bigots that poke fun or mock LBGT make me sick.... I refuse to participate in this bull**** conversation. I don't want to be apart of this.

People are people. They have a right to do whatever they wish. I am proudly married to my wife and support our LGBT friends. The Supreme Court made a smart wise choice... And there should be no question about that
 

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I'm going to close this topic, for one reason only, regardless of anyone's belief's. Every person on this earth deserves respect no matter who they associate with who they prefer to choose as a partner. With this topic closed I don't want to see any others regarding this topic come up again, as they will be locked as well.
 
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