La Suprema Corte de los Estados Unidos de América ha dejado en claro que el matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo es un derecho.

Aquí se puede leer la sentencia:

http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-556_3204.pdf

Algunos datos a resaltar:

La construcción de la sentencia a partir del Due Process Clause y de la Equal Protection Clause:

Afirma la Corte en su decisión:

“It is now clear that the challenged laws burden the liberty of same-sex couples, and it must be further acknowledged that they abridge central precepts of equality . . . Especially against a long history of disapproval of their relationships, this denial to same-sex couples of the right to marry works a grave and continuing harm. The imposition of this disability on gays and lesbians serves to disrespect and subordinate them. And the Equal Protection Clause, like the Due Process Clause, prohibits this unjustified infringement of the fundamental right to marry.”

El voto particular de Roberts, sobre todo en su párrafo final.

If you are among the many Americans—of whatever sexual orientation—who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision. Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits. But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it. I respectfully dissent.

Podría leerse de una manera distinta: si eres de los que piensan que la constitución debe ser interpretada conforme los estándares del siglo XVIII, no celebres; si no eres de ese pequeño y conservador grupo, salta de felicidad.

Y la joya de la ironía ultraconservadora no podía sino venir de la pluma de Scalia, en un voto particular demasiado estridente:

“If, even as the price to be paid for a fifth vote, I ever joined an opinion for the Court that began: “The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity,” I would hide my head in a bag. The Supreme Court of the United States has descended from the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie”

Una sentencia histórica, no por el momento en el que se decide, sino porque es dictada por el tribunal más influyente en el mundo.

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