I am still a bit stunned – but in a good way.
If you haven’t heard by now, the US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Obergefell v. Hodges (and three related cases) that the Constitution guarantees a right to same sex marriage. Justice Kennedy, writing for the majority, concluded that:
[The petitioners’] plea is that they do respect [marriage], respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. It is so ordered.
Incidentally, the same Roberts court ruled yesterday in King v. Burwell that the Affordable Care Act’s insurance subsidies are legal, thus saving Obamacare from yet another legal challenge.
And in the terrible aftermath of a racist/terrorist attack in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, major US retailers as well as folks in almost a half a dozen southern states are questioning (or at least are beginning to question) the public display of the Confederate flag. (Though I would be even more heartened by a spirited discussion about the ready availability of guns, it’s a good start…)
So with Shabbat coming soon to close out the week, I would say it ended better than it started.
Happy #Pride2015 and Shabbat shalom!