June 26, 2015


What is marriage? Who gets to marry -- in the very practical enjoying-the-benefits-of-marital-status sense, especially with regard to "taxation; inheritance and property rights; rules of intestate succession; spousal privilege in the law of evidence; hospital access; medical decisionmaking authority; adoption rights; the rights and benefits of survivors; birth and death certificates; professional ethics rules; campaign finance restrictions; workers’ compensation benefits; health insurance; and child custody, support, and visitation rules?"

The Supreme Court wrote history today by coming to the conclusion that "the right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment couples of the same-sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty. The Court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry" and that there is "no lawful basis for a State to refuse to recognize a lawful same-sex marriage performed in another State on the ground of its same-sex character."

Let's see if Merriam-Webster will change its definition of "marriage" by striking the passage referring to "the opposite sex" or by expanding it to refer to "the opposite or same sex."

(1) :  the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2) :  the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage marriage

[In case you are wondering how the rainbow became a symbol of the gay pride movement, check out this article on Wikipedia.]

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