Posted October 01, 2019 12:33:24When the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling legalizing gay marriage in June, it made it clear that states had the power to make their own laws regulating the issue.
But the court also clarified that the federal government has a responsibility to protect the rights of gays and lesbians under the U-S.
“The Constitution and laws are intended to guarantee all persons equal protection of the laws,” the court said in its order on June 6.
“That means it cannot be denied to gay and lesbian couples who are in committed same-sex marriages that they should not be denied the right to marry,” the majority opinion said.
But the ruling is far from definitive, and it may be that many couples will be able to get married in states that have enacted gay marriage bans.
The U.N. Human Rights Council has estimated that up to 70% of all marriages in the U:S.
That’s a higher proportion than the 30% in the United Kingdom, the U., Canada, Germany, France, Japan and Russia, according to the Human Rights Campaign.
In addition to the issue of same-day weddings, the ruling also dealt with religious objections.
The U.K. Supreme Courts had struck down the ban on same-deed weddings.
But in the ruling, the court ruled that religious objections could trump the state law barring same-gender marriage.
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case this fall that could ultimately determine whether the U.-S.
constitution prohibits same- gender marriage.
If the court rules in favor of gay marriage, it would overturn decades of U. S. law that forbids same- sex couples from marrying.
“We are optimistic,” said James R. Walsh, president of the Human Right Campaign.
“This is an important victory for same- genders and for all people who have a constitutional right to marriage.”