Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal: Rockers React on Twitter
Yesterday (June 26), the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in a 5-4 majority, that bans by states on same-sex marriages were unconstitutional. The decision means that same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, citing the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, wrote for the majority, "No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."
In a scathing dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia compared the ruling to a "judicial Putsch" and equated Kennedy's words with a "fortune cookie." But his most quoted line was when he wrote, "Who ever thought that intimacy and spirituality [whatever that means] were freedoms? And if intimacy is, one would think Freedom of Intimacy is abridged rather than expanded by marriage. Ask the nearest hippie."
Given that hippies and classic rock are inextricably linked, we took Scalia's advice and checked our Twitter feed to see what our favorite rockers thought. And while none of the musicians below could be considered hippies, they do range from Paul Stanley to Pearl Jam to members of Motley Crue. We've embedded their tweets below.
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