(Editor's Note: For those who don't know, our friend Mona Salama has moved on to bigger and better things! In additional to being a contributor to the show, she now writes for PolitiChicks! Here is one of her latest works - we're all proud of you, Mona!)
It was another 5-4 ruling, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority, which it’s not a surprise since he wrote every decision of gay rights. The four conservative justices wrote their own dissent. The Supreme Court’s decision declares that all states must recognize same-sex marriages under the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause and established once and for all that marriage is a fundamental right of all citizens.
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Justice Antonin Scalia, in his strongly worded dissent, blasted the majority as a “threat to American democracy.” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the decision had “nothing to do with the Constitution.”
The idea that the Supreme Court should rule same-sex marriage as a constitutional right is simply a way of saying the 10th Amendment doesn’t matter, the nationwide debate is over, and it’s time to steal this decision from the states. It’s a huge loss for federalism, as it takes away states right to decide how to handle powers reserved to them. And what’s worse is that an unelected group of five out of nine has decided to legislate over an issue by taking away the states freedom to govern themselves. Public opinion rapidly shifted a decision for five people to decide for everyone. This is judicial activism at its very worst.
Read the rest of this article by Mona on PolitiChicks to see how those running for President reacted.