US Supreme Court Ruling On Marriage Equality

I read the US Supreme Court Ruling on marriage equality, legalizing same-sex marriage. I am glad to see many of my American friends happy after such a long struggle for marriage equality. The fight against legal discrimination based on sexual preference is over. Same-sex couples’ love and commitment to one another is now equally recognized by law. They will be treated by law with no difference between same- and opposite-sex couples. Societal attitudes will change accordingly giving it time. Inequality and lack of respect of same-sex couples including their children deprive them of many social and economic benefits that are provided by the States linked to marital status. In the United States, marriage, being considered as the foundation of the family and society, State places marriage institution at the core of so many facets of the legal and social order. Different State provides different benefits to opposite-sex marriage couples covering many aspects, from taxation, inheritance and property rights, spousal privilege, hospital access, medical decision-making authority, adoption rights, rights and benefits of survivors, birth and death certificate, workers’ compensation benefits, health insurance, to child custody support and visitation rules. The Court stated in this verdict that although limitation of marriage to opposite-sex couples may long have seemed natural and just, but its inconsistency with the central meaning of fundamental right to marry is now manifest. The law which exclude same-sex couples from the marriage right imposted stigma and injury of the kind prohibited by the basic charter in the US Constitution. As of yesterday, same-sex couples in the Unites States have rejoice in winning the legal battle in exercising the fundamental right, accorded to all American citizens to marry legally who ever they want (just like any other opposite-sex couples). This important Supreme Court Ruling will change economic and social life of the United States in a fundamental way. It is nice to see it happens in my life time.

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