In a pair of major victories for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that married same-sex couples were entitled to federal benefits and, by declining to decide a case from California, effectively allowed same-sex marriages there.

The rulings leave in place laws banning same-sex marriage around the nation, and the court declined to say whether there was a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. But in clearing the way for same-sex marriage in California, the nation’s most populous state, the court effectively increased to 13 the number of states that allow such unions.

The decision on federal benefits will immediately extend many benefits to couples in the states where same-sex marriage is legal, and it will give the Obama administration the ability to broaden other benefits through executive actions…

The decision on the federal law was 5 to 4, with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy writing the majority opinion, which the four liberal-leaning justices joined.

The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity,” Justice Kennedy wrote. “By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment.”

The ruling overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, which passed with bipartisan support and which President Bill Clinton signed.

The decision will raise a series of major questions for the Obama administration about how aggressively to overhaul references to marriage throughout the many volumes that lay out the laws of the United States.

Overdue – and like many SCOTUS rulings, the court noted responsibility from here forward lies with Congress.

I’m not certain Congress could produce a bus schedule.

  1. JimD says:

    I guess most people cant tell the difference between “Holy Matrimony” and Civil Marriage ! Holy Matrimony is for Church-goers, and civil marriage is for those who have progressed beyond the fairy tales that have enslaved civilization for milenia !!! Church-goers should stop TRYING TO IMPOSE THEIR RELIGION ON THE REST OF US !!!

    • pedro says:

      Another one that hates his family and his parents.

      • Nikelectric says:

        WTF Pedro. If you don’t believe in some god or another that leads you to the conclusion that you hate your parents and family. Where the hell does that conclusion come from?

        Yet another non-nonsensical argument from the religious half of our society.

        • pedro says:

          It’s obvious he thinks his family is a bad example and that homosexuals could have raised him just as well.

          • So What? says:

            Maybe they could, who’s to say?

          • Mayor Bloomburger says:

            Don’t vote for Pedro. I’d love to see you try and pull that a typical American middle-class dinner part, you know, the type you would’t be invited to in a million years.

          • pedro says:

            Sure, gay men (lesbian can still harbor it) know from deep biological experience what maternal instincts are and act upon them, what with all the births they have experienced.

  2. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    LibertyLover says:
    6/27/2013 at 9:46 am

    You’re fairly short-sighted. /// Better than blind.

    Time will tell. /// No. time simply rolls on, uncaring about stoopid hoomans and their hopes, dreams, and resulting despair.

    Rome didn’t fall in 8 years. /// It didn’t fall because of gay marriage either. What an ass wipe trying to hide your anti-gay (marriage) fears and misconceptions behind a totally bogus representation of History.

    LL–do you think ANYTHING in the course of human affairs is so simple as to be given direction by one factor and one factor alone? Connect your dots for us: HOW does gay marriage/relationships negatively affect a society? True or not, it is often commented that gay relationships in the Spartan Army made in one of the fiercest fighting machines ever known. Imagine being in LOVE with the guy in the foxhole with you? How hard would you fight for your society then.

    confront your issues DIRECTLY.

    Stop the BULL SHIT.

    • pedro says:

      “Stop the BULL SHIT.”

      The moment you & others of like ilk in the blog stops posting, that’ll happen.

    • LibertyLover says:

      Thank Me!

      I was starting to feel lonesome here, no worship and all.

      Thanks, booger!

      • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

        That was rather ironic: asking Bullshit to stop the Bullshit. Thats like asking Alfie to stop being irrelevant.

  3. MikeN says:

    Let’s supposed Mark Perkel organized an anti-surveillance proposition to be put on the ballot, arranging for millions of signatures. It wins with 90% of the vote. Meanwhile Dianne Feinstein and Condoleeza Rice are elected governor and attorney general.

    Someone files a lawsuit against Perkel’s anti-surveillance bill, and Governor Feinstein and Atty Gen Rice refuse to defend it in court. So Mark Perkel then hires his own attorneys out of pocket to make the case, but still loses with the presiding judge having a wife in training at NSA. Then he appeals to the 9th Circuit and loses again, but then appeals to the Supreme Court. There the Court says Perkel has no business bringing the case, only the state executive branch can appear in court.

    That is roughly what the California ruling is.
    I can’t get a better analogy for what to do next, unless the measure is all NSA employees must wear a scarlet letter. Then the correct result is the law cannot be thrown out as there was noone in court to argue the state’s case, but the named employees who filed the lawsuit can get a default judgment that they are not required to wear the scarlet letter.

  4. Grandpa says:

    Just the thought of what gays do disgusts me. But if we can allow millions of lawbreakers amnesty for their crimes we can also allow gays legal rights under the law. Given a choice, I’d chose a gay any day.

    • pedro says:

      In essence, you’re saying that DUHllass is marginally better than a wetback.


    • jpfitz says:

      Grandpa, I enjoy the lesbian sexual acts. I think you are being anal. HA