Friday, June 26th, 2015 — A Day Marked In Infamy for America

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Friday, June 26th, 2015 — A Day Marked In Infamy for America

 

by Ken Pullen

ACP

Friday, June 26th, 2015

This posting contains brief comments by the author of the opening article; Scripture from the King James Version of the Holy Bible along with accompanying news articles from various worldwide sources this day. So, dear readers, please continue to scroll down until you reach the end — which is coming sooner than those walking in darkness elevating this evil, going against God, making the laws lawlessness realize:

 

Reckon and remember this day all you people of America, and the world. Today, Friday the 26th of June in the year 2015 is a day to mark in infamy for America — and the world.

Today the activist liberal Supreme Court of the United States of America, serving their master the devil, ruled in favor of making it the law of the land that homosexuals and lesbians can legally “marry” in all 50 states of the United States. Thus, making the laws lawlessness. Thus showing total disregard and disdain for morals and the inerrant word of God.

The U.S. Supreme Court, the White House, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. and world media, and the vast majority of people in America celebrating, applauding, and rejoicing in this have made their choice and their present and future will now be decided as a result.

No good can come from this.

Oh, the media will elevate, rejoice, and applaud and edit in video and statements of great joy from their selected profiles to continue the propaganda. The U.S. Supreme Court will issue its obligatory rhetoric and double-speak showing complete disregard for all law and morals and the word of God and revealing their true colors and who they truly serve — Satan.

The White House will celebrate this most black day in American and world history.

There will be dancing in the streets and parties and noise galore. Evil has ruled and won the day!

For the moment. For a little longer.

But mark this day all people of America and the world — this is not a day of celebration of rights and liberty and freedom, of righting a wrong. This is a day in infamy in which vileness, and depravity, and sin, and abomination and evil have been elevated and disguised and pushed to the fore and worshipped.

And God will not be mocked. God’s word will not be made null and void. God will not sit idle and allow America and the American people to prosper as a result of this lawlessness and evil becoming the so-called “law of the land” allowing that which goes against God and against nature to be worshipped and celebrated and elevated as the vast majority of people in America do at this time.

This day is one of the saddest and darkest days in all of American history.

This day marks the throwing open of the doors and inviting evil to prevail, inviting the sin and depravity and false teachings and abomination of that old dragon the devil to prevail and rule over righteousness and the will and word of God.

This day marks the day rapid decline will begin in America. It won’t come in a day, or even be easily recognized by most — but there is swiftly coming a time when all will be forced to turn and say “What have we done!? How could we have been so blind and wrong!?” But it will be far too late when the vast majority finally have the scales removed from their eyes and see the light of the judgment of the Lord before them!

A very sad and dark day in America — and for this world.

Not a day to rejoice as so many are in grave, sinful error.

Mark this day — this dark and sinful day of infamy!

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Lot Welcomes the Angels

(Genesis 8:1-5)

1And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; 2And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night. 3And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat. 4But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: 5And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them. 6And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, 7And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. 8Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof. 9And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door. 10But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door. 11And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

Lot Flees to Zoar

12And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: 13For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it. 14And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.

15And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city. 16And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. 17And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. 18And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord: 19Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die: 20Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live. 21And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken. 22Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

23The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.

The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah

24Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 25And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

Lot’s Wife Looks Back

26But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

27And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD: 28And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.

29And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.

Genesis 19: 1-29 — King James Version

 

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Leviticus 18: 22 — King James Version

 

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

Leviticus 20: 13 — King James Version

 

And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

Yeshua, Jesus the Lord speaking to His disciples — Mark 7:20-23 — King James Version

 

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Romans 1: 18-32 — King James Version

 

But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

1 Timothy 1: 8-11 — King James Version

 

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

1 Corinthians 6: 9-11 — King James Version

 

 

A ‘MORE PERFECT’ UNION: Obama hails Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage across U.S.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Friday, June 26, 2015, 10:07 AM
Updated: Friday, June 26, 2015, 2:53 PM

Marriage is now legal in the U.S.A. for Adam and Steve — not just Adam and Eve.

The Supreme Court declared Friday by a vote of 5 to 4 that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the country.

President Obama joined in cheering the decision, calling it not just a victory for gays and lesbians, but for America.

“We’ve made our union a little more perfect,” Obama said in a Rose Garden address.

The decision is a reminder that “change is possible, shifts in hearts and minds is possible,” he said.

Gay rights supporters celebrate outside the Supreme Court building after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry. 
JIM BOURG/REUTERS

Gay rights supporters celebrate outside the Supreme Court building after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry.

Supporters of same-sex marriage celebrate outside of the Supreme Court. Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Supporters of same-sex marriage celebrate outside of the Supreme Court.

Ariel Olah of Detroit, left, and her fiancee Katie Boatman, are overcome by emotion outside the Supreme Court on Friday.Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Ariel Olah of Detroit, left, and her fiancee Katie Boatman, are overcome by emotion outside the Supreme Court on Friday.

Carlos McKnight of Washington, waves a flag in support of gay marriage outside of the Supreme Court, where the justices ruled gay marriage is consitutional.Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Carlos McKnight of Washington, waves a flag in support of gay marriage outside of the Supreme Court, where the justices ruled gay Gay rights supporters celebrate outside the Supreme Court building after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry.

“This nation was founded on the principle that all people are created equal,” he said. “People should be treated equally no matter who they are or who they love.”

Earlier, in a tweet, Obama called the decision “a big step in our march for equality.”

And in a surreal but still celebratory TV moment, Obama called to congratulate lead plaintiff Jim Obergefell while he was in the midst of a CNN interview.

“Your leadership on the this issue changed the country,” Obama said.

On the steps of the nation’s highest court, jubilant gay couples embraced and cheered and broke into a stirring rendition of the national anthem.

Balloons spell out the word "love" over the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., after the court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the U.S.Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Balloons spell out the word “love” over the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., after the court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the U.S.

Men celebrate the Supreme Court ruling outside the Stonewall Tavern in the West Village in New York.TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

Men celebrate the Supreme Court ruling outside the Stonewall Tavern in the West Village in New York.

Plaintiff Jim Obergefell speaks to members of the media after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling in favor of same-sex marriage.Alex Wong/Getty Images

Plaintiff Jim Obergefell speaks to members of the media after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling in favor of same-sex marriage.

Demonstrators in support of same-sex marriage cheer for the ruling outside the U.S. Supreme Court Friday in Washington, D.C.Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Demonstrators in support of same-sex marriage cheer for the ruling outside the U.S. Supreme Court Friday in Washington, D.C.

“Love has won!” they chanted.

Outside the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, the cradle of the gay rights movement, Shellie Cross and her wife Colleen McCollum embraced.

“I never thought this day would come,” said Cross, 43. “My wife and I wanted to be here this morning as it was announced and we took a selfie the second the Supreme Court released their decision.”

Texans Justin Kettler and Tom Loecker said they’re heading home to Dallas to get hitched.

“We wanted to wait to get married until it was nationally recognized,” said Kettler, 37. “Now it is very inspirational to know that there is nothing holding us back. Now we finally have the freedom of choice to make the decisions that are right for us.”

Ken Kloss said the ruling could bring his fractured family back together.

“My brother left America because his boyfriend couldn’t come into the country,” said Kloss, 47. “So now he lives in Canada. Maybe he will come back now.”

The Supreme Court ruling means the 14 states in the South and Midwest that currently ban gay and lesbian marriage can no longer bar them from tying the knot.

And within hours of the ruling, the governor of Kentucky ordered county clerks in his state to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Marriage licenses were also issued to gay couples in Georgia, Texas and Arkansas, but not in Mississippi.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was appointed to the court by President Reagan, voted with the four liberal justices for same-sex marriage. And it was Kennedy who wrote the opinion for the majority.

“No union is more profound than marriage,” he told the court, reading from his opinion. “It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage.”

Wrapping up, Kennedy moved many to tears.

“Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions,” he wrote. “They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

As the full weight of Kennedy’s words hit Obergefell, he and many other gay marriage supporters in the courtroom began crying tears of joy.

Chief Justice John Roberts, who was vilified by conservatives on Thursday for backing Obamacare, joined the three other conservative judges in opposition.

“This court is not a legislature,” Roberts wrote in dissent. “Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us.”

The landmark ruling came 11 years after Massachusetts became the first state to recognize same sex marriage, and it echoed the 1997 Supreme Court decision that guaranteed interracial couples the right to wed.

The Democratic presidential candidates praised the decision.

“I am celebrating today’s landmark victory for marriage equality, and the generations of advocates and activists who fought to make it possible,” Hillary Clinton said in a statement. “From Stonewall to the Supreme Court, the courage and determination of the LGBT community has changed hearts and changed laws.”

Some of their Republican rivals for the White House expressed outright disdain.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee accused the court repealing “the laws of nature.”

“I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch,” he declared.

But others like South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham were more measured, saying he’ll “respect the court’s decision” but calling himself “a proud defender of traditional marriage.”

Prominent gay Americans like “Star Trek” actor George Takei called it a “landmark day for all Americans.”

“We are soaring with joy,” Takei told the Daily News. “What this means is, we are truly Americans now. We can travel throughout our great country and feel confident that our love for each other, our union, will be legal and respected no matter where we go.”

The historic ruling will not take effect immediately because the court gives the losing side about three weeks to ask for reconsideration.

The cases before the court were from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, which defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Not only did those states forbid same-sex couples to marry within their borders, but they also have refused to recognize valid marriages from elsewhere.

Just two years ago, the justices struck down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law that denied a range of government benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

And while that decision did not address the validity of state marriage bans, courts across the country began invalidating state laws that prohibited gay and lesbian couples from marrying.

Since then, the number of states allowing same-sex marriage has grown rapidly. As recently as October, just over one-third of the states permitted same-sex marriage. And there are an estimated 390,000 married same-sex couples in the U.S.

Barack Hussein Obama, the first sitting president to support homosexual and lesbian marriage, hailed the ruling as a milestone in American justice that arrived “like a thunderbolt.” gay

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The preeminence of Jewish groups among those backing the litigants was not a surprise. Gay rights supporters celebrate

Homosexual and lesbian  rights supporters celebrate after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the US Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Reprinted from the Jerusalem Post

Friday, June 26th, 2015

How often do you get the opportunity to pack “109 years,” #LoveWins and the colors of the rainbow into 140 characters?That’s how the American Jewish Committee celebrated the Supreme Court ruling Friday extending marriage rights to gays throughout the United States.

“For 109 years AJC has stood for liberty and human rights,” its tweet said. “Today is a happy day for that proud tradition ‪#LoveWins.” It was punctuated with a heart emoticon splashed rainbow colors.
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The contrast between an organization founded at the launch of the last century celebrating the rights embraced by Americans only at the launch of this one was emblematic of the glee with which much of the Jewish establishment reacted to the ruling.

The Anti-Defamation League, in its own tweet, left out its age (102) but also got in the hashtag, #LoveWins, and that funny little heart.

Thirteen Jewish groups, among them organizations representing the Reform, Reconstructionist and Conservative streams, were among the 25 joining the amicus brief the ADL filed in Obergefell v. Hodges.

The preeminence of Jewish groups among those backing the litigants was not a surprise. In recent decades, much of the Jewish establishment has embraced gay marriage as a right equivalent to the others it has advocated, including racial equality, religious freedoms and rights for women.

Multiple groups, in their statements, cited the passage in Genesis that states humans were created “in the image of God,” which has for decades been used by Jewish civil rights groups to explain their activism.

“Jewish tradition reminds us that we were all created equally, b’tzelem Elohim, in the ‘image of God’ (Genesis 1:27), and also shows us that marriage is a sacred responsibility, not only between the partners, but also between the couple and the larger community,” the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly said in a statement.

Groups also were looking to next steps in advancing LGBT rights, including in the workplace.

“You can now legally marry in all 50 states and put your wedding on your desk and be fired and have no recourse in the federal courts,” Rabbi Jonah Pesner, who directs the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center, told JTA.

“We hope this will energize and inspire a bipartisan effort to end discrimination in the work place,” he said, specifying the “T” in LGBT — for transgendered people. “People should not be discriminated in the workplace because of expression of gender.”

The notion that the decision would propel a broader debate about LGBT rights concerned the Orthodox Union, which in a carefully worded statement noted that it adhered to the traditional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, but also recognized “that no religion has the right to dictate its beliefs to the entire body politic.”

The OU, like other more conservative religious groups, was wary of new liberties that could infringe on its ability to hire officials who hew to their belief systems.

“Will the laws implementing today’s ruling and other expansions of civil rights for LGBT Americans contain appropriate accommodations and exemptions for institutions and individuals who abide by religious teachings that limit their ability to support same-sex relationships?” the group said in its statement.

The OU did not file an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case. Agudath Israel of America did, opposing gay marriage.

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the consensus-driven public policy umbrella, recognized sensitivities on both sides in its statement.

“We call for sensitivity and civility in this debate, understanding that the vast majority on all sides are people of good will,” it said. “Adjusting to change is not always easy or swift.”

 

 

Homosexual — Lesbian Marriage Backers Win Supreme Court Victory

WASHINGTON — In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.

“No longer may this liberty be denied,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority in the historic decision. “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”

The decision, which was the culmination of decades of litigation and activism, set off jubilation and tearful embraces across the country, the first same-sex marriages in several states, and signs of resistance — or at least stalling — in others. It came against the backdrop of fast-moving changes in public opinion, with polls indicating that most Americans now approve of the unions.

The court’s four more liberal justices joined Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion. Each member of the court’s conservative wing filed a separate dissent, in tones ranging from resigned dismay to bitter scorn.

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In dissent, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said the Constitution had nothing to say on the subject of same-sex marriage.

“If you are among the many Americans — of whatever sexual orientation — who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision,” Chief Justice Roberts wrote. “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.”

In a second dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia mocked the soaring language of Justice Kennedy, who has become the nation’s most important judicial champion of gay rights.

“The opinion is couched in a style that is as pretentious as its content is egotistic,” Justice Scalia wrote of his colleague’s work. “Of course the opinion’s showy profundities are often profoundly incoherent.”

Justice John Paul Stevens, who retired in 2010, was on hand for the decision, and many of the justices’ clerks took seats in the chamber, which was nearly full as the ruling was announced. The decision made same-sex marriage a reality in the 13 states that had continued to ban it.

Outside the Supreme Court, the police allowed hundreds of people waving rainbow flags and holding signs to advance onto the court plaza as those present for the decision streamed down the steps. “Love has won,” the crowd chanted as courtroom witnesses threw up their arms in victory.

In remarks in the Rose Garden, President Obama welcomed the decision, saying it “affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts.”

“Today,” he said, “we can say, in no uncertain terms, that we have made our union a little more perfect.”

Supporters of same-sex marriage gathered outside the Supreme Court on Friday. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times

In all of those decisions, Justice Kennedy embraced a vision of a living Constitution, one that evolves with societal changes.

“The nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own times,” he wrote on Friday. “The generations that wrote and ratified the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment did not presume to know the extent of freedom in all of its dimensions, and so they entrusted to future generations a charter protecting the right of all persons to enjoy liberty as we learn its meaning.”

This drew a withering response from Justice Scalia, a proponent of reading the Constitution according to the original understanding of those who adopted it.

“They have discovered in the Fourteenth Amendment,” Justice Scalia wrote of the majority, “a ‘fundamental right’ overlooked by every person alive at the time of ratification, and almost everyone else in the time since.”

“These justices know,” Justice Scalia said, “that limiting marriage to one man and one woman is contrary to reason; they know that an institution as old as government itself, and accepted by every nation in history until 15 years ago, cannot possibly be supported by anything other than ignorance or bigotry.”

Justice Kennedy rooted the ruling in a fundamental right to marriage. Marriage is a “keystone of our social order,” he said, and of special importance to couples raising children.

“Without the recognition, stability, and predictability marriage offers,” he wrote, “their children suffer the stigma of knowing their families are somehow lesser. They also suffer the significant material costs of being raised by unmarried parents, relegated through no fault of their own to a more difficult and uncertain family life. The marriage laws at issue here thus harm and humiliate the children of same-sex couples.”

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joined Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion.

The court decided in Obergefell v. Hodges and three related cases that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. Full analysis »

5-4 Decided June 26
MAJORITY FOR
Sotomayor
Kagan
Ginsburg
Breyer
Kennedy
DISSENT AGAINST
Roberts
Scalia
Alito
Thomas

• Same-sex couples can marry in three dozen states, but federal appeals courts have been divided over whether states must allow same-sex couples to marry and recognize such marriages performed elsewhere.

In dissent, Chief Justice Roberts said the majority opinion was “an act of will, not legal judgment.”

“The court invalidates the marriage laws of more than half the states and orders the transformation of a social institution that has formed the basis of human society for millennia, for the Kalahari Bushmen and the Han Chinese, the Carthaginians and the Aztecs,” he wrote. “Just who do we think we are?”

The majority and dissenting opinions took differing views about whether the decision would harm religious liberty. Justice Kennedy said the First Amendment “ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths.” He said both sides should engage in “an open and searching debate.”

Chief Justice Roberts responded that “people of faith can take no comfort in the treatment they receive from the majority today.”

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., in his dissent, saw a broader threat from the majority opinion. “It will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy,” Justice Alito wrote. “In the course of its opinion, the majority compares traditional marriage laws to laws that denied equal treatment for African-Americans and women. The implications of this analogy will be exploited by those who are determined to stamp out every vestige of dissent.”

Gay rights advocates had constructed a careful litigation and public relations strategy to build momentum and bring the issue to the Supreme Court when it appeared ready to rule in their favor. As in earlier civil rights cases, the court had responded cautiously and methodically, laying judicial groundwork for a transformative decision.

It waited for scores of lower courts to strike down bans on same-sex marriages before addressing the issue, and Justice Kennedy took the unusual step of listing those decisions in an appendix to his opinion.

Chief Justice Roberts said that only 11 states and the District of Columbia had embraced the right to same-sex marriage democratically, at voting booths and in state legislatures. The rest of the 37 states that allow such unions did so because of court rulings. Gay rights advocates, the chief justice wrote, would have been better off with a victory achieved through the political process, particularly “when the winds of change were freshening at their backs.”

In his own dissent, Justice Scalia took a similar view, saying that the majority’s assertiveness represented a “threat to American democracy.”

But Justice Kennedy rejected that idea.

“It is of no moment whether advocates of same-sex marriage now enjoy or lack momentum in the democratic process,” he wrote. “The issue before the court here is the legal question whether the Constitution protects the right of same-sex couples to marry.”

Later in the opinion, Justice Kennedy answered the question. “The Constitution,” he wrote, “grants them that right.”

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