President Obama says the Constitution requires the freedom to marry nationwide
October 20, 2014
In a recent interview with The New Yorker, President Obama voiced his support for the freedom to marry in all states in the United States. The article reports that the President said that he believes that the Constitution requires all states to allow marriage between same-sex couples, and that he views the recent decision by the United States Supreme Court to deny review in five cases involving the freedom to marry as a movement in the right direction. He said:
In some ways, the decision that was just handed down to not do anything about what states are doing on same-sex marriage may end up being as consequential—from my perspective, a positive sense—as anything that’s been done.
Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all fifty states. But, as you know, courts have always been strategic. There have been times where the stars were aligned and the Court, like a thunderbolt, issues a ruling like Brown v. Board of Education, but that’s pretty rare. And, given the direction of society, for the Court to have allowed the process to play out the way it has may make the shift less controversial and more lasting.
President Obama also stated that this recent decision was among the most important decisions that the Supreme Court has made during his tenure as president.
Freedom to Marry applauds President Obama for advocating for the freedom to marry in all states, as every day that loving, committed couples are denied marriage causes real damage to families.