On June 26th, 2015, the United States Supreme Court rendered a decision regarding the legality of same-sex unions. Justice Kennedy wrote that under the 14th Amendment’s equal protection provision, “couples of the same-sex may not be deprived of that right and liberty.” This is a historic decision that many civil liberties experts compare to Brown vs. Board of Education and Roe vs. Wade.
In light of our discussions this semester regarding the definition of marriage and legal restrictions based on these concepts, it is pertinent for you to read a portion of the majority opinion written by Justice Kennedy. The opinion is intended to reflect the reasoning and legal precedence behind this historic decision. While the entire document (attached) is over 100 pages long, read pages 1 – 25 and complete the attached assignment.