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Most people would not debate that statement. And the Supreme Court has previously recognized that basic principle. Some, however, believe that their definition of marriage is the only definition of marriage that has ever been recognized in this country. Today, in a 5-4 decision by Justice Kennedy, the majority of the Supreme Court thoroughly set forth the historical facts showing that the definition of marriage and what it means to be married has been ever-changing throughout history. In light of the ever-changing nature of marriage, laws banning gays and lesbians from marrying their preferred partners simply represented discrimination against gays and lesbians, violating the equal protection clause.
Today, the Supreme Court issued four opinions, leaving seven cases still pending from this year. They also announced that they will be issuing opinions on Thursday and Friday. With two more opinion days this week, there is a significant chance that the last of the opinions will be issued on Friday, but it is slightly more likely that the last one or two will come on Monday (with a slim chance of a second opinion day next week). Additionally, with today’s opinions, it is possible to make a good guess on who has which case.
From January, it is all but certain that Justice Kennedy has the Fair Housing case. That is not necessarily good for civil rights activists, but there were worse possibilities.
This upcoming week is the last week of arguments for the current Supreme Court Term. The highlight of this week’s arguments is Tuesday’s arguments in the same-sex marriage cases. Ahead of the argument, a brief preview in the form of frequently asked questions.