Equality in marriage has been a controversy for decades. It started with interracial couples gaining the right to legally marry and now has led to gay marriage being legalized across all 50 states. The Supreme Court ruled on Friday, June 26, 2015 that same sex marriages are legal.
The vote was 5-4 in favor of same-sex marriage. “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote. “In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than they once were.” Justice Kennedy was the deciding vote siding with the liberals on this decision. The decision to legalize this union lifted the ban on same-sex marriage in the remaining 13 states who did not already, including Georgia.
The court ruling just a day before Pride day sparked same-sex marriages across the country many in states that never allowed it. Though it has been legalized many feel it is against their religious beliefs, so many conflicts have aroused. County clerks in Texas have been instructed if they feel this violates their religious beliefs they can refuse to issues licenses and they will have full legal support, often on the pro bono basis. Other religious organizations and individual companies are also curious about their rights now. Do they have to serve same sexcouples? Do they have to extend benefits to their gay employees spouses? This decision has raised many conflicts outside of the government’s realm.
This decision has raised strong feelings both for and against The Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage, even though many countries such as South Africa, France, New Zealand, and Brazil have already legalized it. President Obama fully supports and advocates the Court’s ruling saying “Americans should be very proud,” because small acts of courage “slowly made an entire country realize that love is love.”
The government foresees many complications in the coming times after this decision and know there will be many decisions after this that will have to be made.
Fulton County Judges conducted 17 samesex marriage ceremonies by 2:30pm on Friday afternoon.
Savannah’s first samesex wedding took place on Friday, as two people who had a feeling the U.S. Supreme Court would decide in their favor showed up at the courthouse just a couple of hours after the ruling was handed down. Christie and Kindra Baer received the first marriage license awarded by Chatham County to a same-sex couple.