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The Supreme Court of the United States of America has ruled that same-sex partners have a right to marry anywhere in the nation. The verdict strikes down remaining prohibitions on same-sex marriages and mandates recognition of such unions performed in other jurisdictions.
The 5-4 split between justices reflected an anticipated ideological divide.
“The court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority opinion, joined by liberal justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
Justices John Roberts Jr., Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas each dissented, producing separate opinions.
Same-sex couples are currently able to wed in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The remaining 14 states must now stop enforcing their bans. According to recent polls, more than sixty percent of Americans approve of same-sex marriage, up sharply from even just a few years ago.
Immediately after the ruling, President Barack Obama wrote on twitter that "today is a big step in our march toward equality."
Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins— President Obama (@POTUS) June 26, 2015
News is just breaking now, and it must be stressed that reportage from the Supreme Court steps tends to be premature. But @SCOTUSblog's tweets from the court, corroborated by other reports, strongly suggest the court is ruling in favor not only of same-sex marriage, but recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions.
There is a right to marriage equality!— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 26, 2015
Per Kennedy, J.: 14th Amend. requires granting right to SSM and recognizing SSMs performed elsewhere.— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 26, 2015
In conservative Ireland, homosexuality remained illegal until 1993. Even divorce only became an option in 1997. But times have changed. The first major international plebiscite on gay marriage is poised to deliver an overwhelming vote in favor of extending the institution to same-sex couples.
"If the Irish can vote “Yes,” the thought goes, anyone can," writes Amy Davidson in The New Yorker. "If they can see how a conservative belief in the institution of marriage and in the unity of families, and an atavistic desire to be present at the wedding of one’s own children, translate into support for same-sex marriage so can, say, Mississippians."
The campaigns, for and against, served to illustrate the broader divisions in Irish society. The No campaign, in particular, made sharp use of fear as a motif, identifying wholesome Catholics as the real victims of intolerance. But the church has paid a high price for its longtime abuses: polls have support for gay marriage at about 70%, though there is some question about the accuracy of polling.
Even if it's close, the pace of change in Ireland has been remarkable. A 2013 International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association map of local support for same-sex relationships put Ireland at only 36%, though it took into account factors other than public opinion.
Here's a "Yes campaign" video:
At least 17 counties, and several U.S. states, have institutionalized same-sex marriage. In the U.S., the Supreme Court recently heart arguments in a case that may effectively settle the matter there.
The results of the Irish referendum are expected to be announced on Saturday.
Photo: Cathal McNaughton
Following an earlier vote by British legislators to allow same-sex marriage, the plans cleared both houses of Parliament this week. USA Today:
Now, all the bill needs is official assent from Queen Elizabeth II, which is expected to come later in the week.
Like the Queen would say no, even if she may! It'll be next year before marriages start taking place, though, due to legal formalities. (Update: Scotland's version of the bill is expected to pass there presently)
"It's funny cause it's true," says my pal Jason Tester who posted the photo to his Instagram feed @guerrillafutures.