Scalia, one of the court’s ultra conservatives, railed at the ruling, affirmed by a 5-4 vote.
He groused that it had nothing to do with the U.S. Constitution and also took a subtle dig at the institution of marriage.
“Expression, sure enough, is a freedom, but anyone in a long-lasting marriage will attest that that happy state constricts, rather than expands, what one can prudently say”, he noted sardonically.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the majority in the historic decision, had a different take on marriage.
“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.”
He called marriage a “keystone of our social order,” and said all plaintiffs were seeking was “equal dignity in the eyes of the law.”
“No longer may this liberty be denied,” he wrote.
Or as Colbert said: “Congratulations gays. You now have the right to marry in all 50 states.”
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