Monday, July 6, 2015

I've got to admit, it's getting better, a little better, all the time

"On June 26, 2015, the United States became the twenty-first and most populous country to legalize same-sex marriage,[1]as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.[2][3] The court ruled that the denial of marriage licenses and recognition to same-sex couples violates the Due Process and the Equal Protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. The ruling overturned a precedent, Baker v. Nelson.
Starting in 2003, various lower court decisions, state legislation, and popular referendums had already legalized same-sex marriage to some degree in thirty-seven out of fifty U.S. states, in one U.S. territory, and in the District of Columbia. Following the Supreme Court's June 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor, the federal government recognized same-sex marriage, with federal benefits for married couples connected to either the state of residence or the state in which the marriage was solemnized. Following the decision in Obergefell, same-sex married couples were accorded the same recognition as opposite-sex couples at the federal and state levels."

So we cross another hurdle. I am happy for us for this. You can joke all you want about divorce or how same sex couples don't know what they're getting into.
The fact is, they now have the choice and the right to do so. Like everybody else. Even in Alabama. And Ireland!

The Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage Equality) Bill 2015 (bill no.5 of 2015) is a proposed amendment to the constitution of Ireland which requires the state to provide for same-sex marriage. It was approved at a referendum on 22 May 2015 by 62% of voters on a turnout of 61%.[2][1] This was the first time a country has legalised same-sex marriage in a nationwide popular vote.[3][4] The bill cannot be signed into law by the President until after two petitions challenging the conduct of the referendum have been considered by the Court of Appeal on 30 July 2015.[

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