On May 15, , the California Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples should have the right to marry. In , Connecticut became the second state to enact a state law providing civil unions to same-sex couples. These new insights have strengthened, not weakened, the institution of marriage. Where it is feasible, a syllabus headnote will be released, as is being done in connection with this case, at the time the opinion is issued. Voters approved the referendum, effectively repealing the law in November The first, presented by the cases from Michigan and Kentucky, is whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex. The equal protection analysis depended in central part on the Court's holding that the law burdened a right "of fundamental importance. On the same day, the Supreme Court decided a challenge to the federal DOMA law that limited over one thousand federal benefits to marriages defined as a relationship between a man and a woman.
Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage. Finally, it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned. The decision reinstated the right to marriage for same-sex couples in California. Under the centuries-old doctrine of coverture, a married man and woman were treated by the State as a single, male-dominated legal entity. The States have contributed to the fundamental character of the marriage right by placing that institution at the center of so many facets of the legal and social order. Since the dawn of history, marriage has transformed strangers into relatives, binding families and societies together. See Appendix A, infra. In the meantime, perhaps hundreds of thousands of same-sex couples will obtain licenses and be married, opening access for them to a wide array of state and federal benefits that go with marriage — ranging from better tax treatment to equal status as parents. Confucius taught that marriage lies at the foundation of government. Indeed, in interpreting the Equal Protection Clause, the Court has recognized that new insights and societal understandings can reveal unjustified inequality within our most fundamental institutions that once passed unnoticed and unchallenged. The Senate agreed to the amendment. The petitioners, 14 same-sex couples and two men whose same-sex partners are deceased, filed suits in Federal District Courts in their home States, claiming that respondent state officials violate the Fourteenth Amendment by denying them the right to marry or to have marriages lawfully performed in another State given full recognition. The same is true of those who oppose same-sex marriage for other reasons. The petitioners acknowledge this history but contend that these cases cannot end there. This, they say, is their whole point. Yet, in effect, Bowers upheld state action that denied gays and lesbians a fundamental right and caused them pain and humiliation. By giving recognition and legal structure to their parents' relationship, marriage allows children "to understand the integrity and closeness of their own family and its concord with other families in their community and in their daily lives. In , however, Arthur was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. In defining the right to marry these cases have identified essential attributes of that right based in history, tradition, and other constitutional liberties inherent in this intimate bond. The decision emphasized the dominance of state law defining marriage and required the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages granted under state law. That principle applies here. Indeed, it is most often through democracy that liberty is preserved and protected in our lives. The Senate then asked the court for an advisory opinion on the constitutionality of a proposed law that would bar same-sex couples from civil marriage but would create civil unions as a parallel institution, with all the same benefits, protections, rights and responsibilities under law. Other cases confirm this relation between liberty and equality. As more than amici make clear in their filings, many of the central institutions in American life state and local governments, the military, large and small businesses, labor unions, religious organizations, law enforcement, civic groups, professional organizations, and universities have devoted substantial attention to the question. Gates as Amicus Curiae 4.
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