Mary Bonauto’s closing statement

I promise this blog will not be all marriage equality and equal rights all the time, but since the Supreme Court listened to arguments today regarding marriage equality, I felt that posting Mary Bonauto’s closing statement might be pertinent to this blog with regards to love and relationships.  The Supreme Court has said that the essential question in this case is “who decides” whether same sex marriage will be lawful: the courts or the states?  Bonauto’s response?

The choice is not between the Court and the State, but instead whether the individual can decide who to marry, or whether the government will decide for him.

2 thoughts on “Mary Bonauto’s closing statement

  1. Justice Ginsberg’s comments yesterday:

    “Marriage today is not what it was under the common law tradition, under the civil law tradition,” said Ginsburg when Justices Roberts and Kennedy began to fret about whether the court had a right to challenge centuries of tradition.

    “Marriage was a relationship of a dominant male to a subordinate female,” she explained. “That ended as a result of this court’s decision in 1982 when Louisiana’s Head and Master Rule was struck down … Would that be a choice that state should [still] be allowed to have? To cling to marriage the way it once was?”

    “No,” replied John Bursch, the somewhat chastised lawyer for the states who are seeking to preserve their ban on gay marriage.


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