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Gay Pride Day celebrates rapidly accelerating advances in gay rights
The Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage gave added reason to celebrate Gay Pride Day around the US Sunday. It follows rapid advances in this important aspect of civil rights and public acceptance.
“The right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment couples of the same-sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion.
“The court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry,” he declared. “No longer may this liberty be denied to them.”
If the court had gone the other way – if conservative Kennedy had not joined the court’s four reliably liberal justices – Gay Pride Day this year would have been a very different event.
Instead, hundreds of thousands of people joyfully packed gay pride events from Chicago to New York City, Seattle to San Francisco. At gay pride parades in Paris and other cities outside the United States on Saturday, the Supreme Court’s ruling was hailed by many as a watershed.
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