By Edysmar Diaz-Cruz
This summer, a paragraph was added to our history books: with a 5-4 vote ruling, same-sex marriage was nationally legalized by the Supreme Court of the United States; backed by the 14th amendment, this decision overturned state bans on same-sex marriage; in other words, all 50 states must issue licenses to same-sex couples and must recognize already established same-sex marriages.
This new paragraph in history caused pages worth of clashing opinions and reactions.
For many, the legalization of gay marriage is bad news. “Some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history” is what Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz called it on Sean Hannity’s radio show. “I couldn’t agree more,” said radio host, Sean Hannity.
Those who oppose same-sex marriage worry that the law will “normalize” homosexuality in society.
Fearing that children raised by homosexuals will be deprived of father or mother figures while growing up, people openly disapprove of homosexual lifestyles. They believe that marriage must remain between men and women because they are biologically compatible and also because the Bible says so.
Hence, the resistance.
In some states such as Texas, county clerks with deep-rooted religious affiliations refused to acknowledge the law banning the ban on same-sex marriage. To justify their refusal, they made legal arguments stating that they had the right to adhere to their religious beliefs by refraining from issuing marriage licenses.
“The United States Supreme Court again ignored the text and spirit of the Constitution to manufacture a right that simply does not exist,” said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. “In so doing, the court weakened itself and weakened the rule of law, but did nothing to weaken our resolve to protect religious liberty and return to democratic self-government in the face of judicial activists attempting to tell us how to live.”
Whether or not county clerks can use this line of argumentation remains unresolved.
However, states resisting the Supreme Court ruling are merely a minority. Same-sex couples all over the nation wedded their loved ones right away.Partners Juan Talavera and Jess Ronci are one of many couples in Miami-Dade County who were excited about waiting in the county clerk’s office for their marriage license.
“It is basically a chance and an opportunity to be treated like anyone else,” Juan Talavera told Local 10.
Now that same-sex marriage is nationally legal (despite the eye-rolling of its resisters), gay activists can open a new chapter in the fight for LGBTQ equality, the chapter of nation-wide acceptance.