On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States passed a 5-4 ruling in favor of the states’ lack of jurisdiction over the personal and marital lives of their residential citizens. In what many are calling a landmark decision, the Supreme Court majority has, after several decades of controversial case rulings, pronounced same-sex marriage to be outside the lines of state jurisdiction; thus, making legal the right of all Americans to marry whomever they please, wherever they please.
Although a majority of the country has been celebrating since the early hours of the day, many have taken to social media to express urgent need for continued action in regards to social rights and liberties, and many have also taken to support for other minority peoples, concerned that this decision will satisfy and hold the public at bay. Issues including equal pay, protections of LGBTQ persons of color, and ongoing racism in the country have been strongly spoken about since the ruling this morning, specifically on Twitter, which has been extremely active this morning.
This is the second widely received SCOTUS decision in one week, the first being the recent ruling in favor of the Affordable Care Act. In light of these landmark events, many are pondering the power of the Supreme Court, as well as its potential limitations and the branch’s relation to the Constitution. In fact, in regards to the decision made this morning, the four justices who did not vote in favor of the ruling released dissenting opinions that contained their concerns and reasonings. Chief Justice John Roberts himself stated in his opinion that “if you are among the many Americans—of whatever sexual orientation—who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision… But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.”
In regards to life at the White House, President Obama, immediately following the Court’s decision, picked up the phone to congratulate the lead plaintiff in the case, Jim Obergefell. Later on in the morning, POTUS told the citizens of the United States that they “should be very proud” of the step forward this ruling has taken in regards to the personal and civil freedoms of the American people.
Celebrations are continuing throughout the United States, accompanied by support from a large portion of the global community.