The Supreme Court having passed by minimal majority of 5-4, has declared that same sex marriage should be constitutionally legal. Each of the 4 opposing justices in an unusual step, wrote these separate opinions.
Justice Roberts: “The majority’s decision is an act of will, not legal judgment. The right it announces has no basis in the Constitution or this court’s precedent.” “Five lawyers have closed the debate and enacted their own vision of marriage as a matter of constitutional law.”
Justice Scalia: characterized the decision as a “threat to American democracy,” “hubris” and a “judicial putsch.”
Justice Thomas wrote that the decision means that conflict between the recognition of same-sex “marriage” and religious liberty appears “all but inevitable,” as individuals and churches face demands to participate in and endorse these marriages. The use of the judicial process “short-circuits” the political process that could consider religious-freedom implications, “with potentially ruinous consequences for religious liberty.”
Finally Justice Alito said, the decision “will be used to vilify (embarrass) Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy.”
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As Americans we ponder the effect of this decision on our personal lives. Many of us have the ho-hum attitude that these decisions will have little or no effect on us. But in this case it is clearly reflected by 4 of the 9 justices, that all Americans will in some way feel the effect of this decision.
|Justice||Voted||Appointed By||President’s Party|
|Roberts||Against||G. W. Bush||Republican|
|Thomas||Against||G. H. W. Bush||Republican|
|Alito||Against||G. W. Bush||Republican|