In dissent, Chief Justice John G. Of special importance to couples, he said, is raising children. Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen as a pivotal swing vote in the case, wrote the majority opinion.
But Justice Kennedy rejected that idea. Home Page World U. It came against the backdrop of fast-moving changes in public opinion, with polls indicating that most Americans now approve of the unions. Before Friday's ruling, gay marriage had already been made legal in 37 states and the District of Columbia — by either legislative or voter action or by federal courts that overturned state' bans.
A third ground of appeal that the verdicts were unreasonable and against the weight of evidence, was also dismissed. Additionally, the Court rejected the notion that allowing same-sex couples to marry harms the institution of marriage, leading to fewer opposite-sex marriages through a severing of the link between procreation and marriage, calling the notion "counterintuitive" and "unrealistic".
Nimocks, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedoma group that opposes same-sex marriage, accused the Court's majority of undermining freedom of speech, saying that "five lawyers took away the voices of more than million Americans to continue to debate the most important social institution in the history of the world.
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Those cases came from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The complainant gave evidence to the effect that Mr Kovacs told her not to say anything to the police or they would all go to jail. New York. Texas , the Court framed the issue accordingly in Obergefell.