The Supreme Court’s Decision on Marriage Equality

Just as the legacies of President Obama and Chief Justice Roberts have been further defined by the Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision, a place in history has been firmly established for Supreme  Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Appointed by President Reagan to the Court in 1988, this generally conservative jurist has cast many  tie-breaking votes but none more historic than his  landmark opinions  in the revolution for  equality of  sexual orientation. Authoring a precedent-breaking decision in 2003 that struck down a Texas criminalizing same-sex intimacy, Justice Anthony is the author of the decision  that has now confirmed a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Along with the fundamental rights and equal protection issues that anchor his opinion, his compelling words about the institution of marriage should be read and repeated as he describes the profound union, creating the highest ideals and which  embodies  “a love that may endure even past death.”