WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the United States Friday in a closely divided ruling that will stand as a milestone in its 226-year history.
The justices ruled 5-4 that states cannot deny gay men and lesbians the same marriage rights enjoyed for thousands of years by opposite-sex couples. Within days if not hours, the decision is expected to trigger same-sex marriages in states that still ban the practice.
"They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law," Justice Anthony Kennedy said in his 28-page ruling. "The Constitution grants them that right."
Kennedy announced the decision to a hushed courtroom; his colleagues watched stone-faced. As the sweep of his decision became clear, some in the audience embraced and cried.
"The past alone does not rule the present. The nature of injustice is that we do not always see it in our own time," he said.
Regardless of the decision, DOMA or Prop 8, please meet at the Hillcrest Pride Flagpole (University Ave and Normal St. SD, CA. 92103) starting at 5pm.
***THE DECISION WILL COME DOWN ON WEDNESDAY JUNE 24***
The US Supreme Court is about to make its decision on the legality of CA's Prop 8 and the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The date is unknown at this time, so be prepared to mobilize and join us at the Hillcrest Pride Flag for a rally with speakers and a march on the day when they are announced. Then join us afterward at the SD LGBT Center at 7pm for more activities in response to the decision.
A CALL TO RALLY! Next week the United States Supreme Court will begin the hearing on federal marriage rights for the LGBT Community. ON MONDAY, MAR 25TH WE MUST GATHER AS ONE AND CALL FOR FULL FEDERAL MARRIAGE EQUALITY! LOCATION: SD Federal Bldg, 880 FRONT ST, San Diego, CA. 92101 at 6pm!
By Agence France-Presse
Saturday, December 15, 2012 22:59 EST (via The Raw Story)
Rebel Church of England clergy will bless gay marriages carried out in other churches if Anglicans are exempted from a new law on same-sex marriage, some 150 vicars and campaigners said in a letter published on Sunday.
Anglicans including ex-Bishop of Oxford Richard Harries and dozens of clergy wrote to the Sunday Telegraph saying they would advise gay parishioners to marry in Quaker or Unitarian services, then return to their regular church.
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