SCOTUS rules that the right to same-sex marriage is protected by the Fourteenth Amendment

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) held today by a vote of 5-4 that same sex couples have the same right to get married as opposite sex couples. Their right to do so is protected by the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion joined by Breyer, Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan. Roberts, Scalia, Thomas and Alito dissented.

On this same date in 2003, the SCOTUS struck down a Texas law criminalizing sex between two people belonging to the same sex and also on this same date in 2013, the SCOTUS dismissed an appeal over same-sex marriage on jurisdictional grounds clearing the way for same-sex marriages in California to resume.

The decision can be read here: PDF.


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Frederick Leatherman

Frederick Leatherman

I am a former law professor and felony criminal defense lawyer who practiced in state and federal courts for 30 years specializing in death penalty cases, forensics, and drug cases.

I taught criminal law, criminal procedure, law and forensics, and trial advocacy for three years after retiring from my law practice.

I also co-founded Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW) at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle and recruited 40 lawyers who agreed to work pro bono, assisted by law students, representing 17 innocent men and women wrongfully convicted of sexually abusing their children in the notorious Wenatchee Sex Ring witch-hunt prosecutions during the mid 90s. All 17 were freed from imprisonment.