Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court issued two rulings on the ongoing debate over same-sex marriage. In the first case of United States v. Windsor, the court found that the the Defense of Marriage Act DOMA , was unconstitutional because it violated the right to equal protection under the law. This means that benefits previously reserved only for straight couple marriages under national law, will now be extended to same-sex couples as well. Read the full text of the decision here. The couple lived in the United States.
Why We Oppose Same-Sex Marriage
Public opinion of same-sex marriage in the United States - Wikipedia
The ruling, handed down by a district court in the northern city of Sapporo, came in a civil suit against the Japanese government by three same-sex couples. The ruling will not, however, change the law. Same-sex marriages will be recognized in Japan only if Parliament enacts legislation, Mr. Dmitrenko said. Lawmakers have repeatedly declined to take up such a bill. The unions are not explicitly banned in Japan, but they are not recognized by the national government or most localities.
Gay Marriage, Religion and the Court
Obama himself was frustrated about it, if a description in a new book by his former top adviser, David Axelrod , is to be believed. Obama may have been selling himself short on that score, given the number of times he or his advisers publicly opposed same-sex marriage over the years. In the book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, Axelrod blames himself, and his political calculations, for preventing Obama for standing up for what he believed in. On issues from immigration to racially charged police violence to the decriminalization of marijuana , activists have voiced frustration at a perceived double-dealing by the president on the issues they hold most dear, and fatigue with repeated White House requests for patience.
Polls this year have found that more Americans favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally than did so just last year. For the first time in 15 years of Pew Research Center polling, fewer than half oppose same-sex marriage. The shift in opinion on same-sex marriage has been broad-based, occurring across many demographic, political and religious groups.