By BRIAN A. HOWEY
- The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision affirming the right of gay
couples of marriage under the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause
essentially ends a two-decade long cultural battle that played out year
after year in the Indiana General Assembly. “The court now holds
that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No
longer may this liberty be denied to them,” Justice Anthony Kennedy
wrote in the majority opinion granting marriage equality in all 50
states. Micah Clark, executive
director of the American Family Association of Indiana, reacted, saying,
“This act by the court will devalue marriage. If marriage can mean
anything, it ultimately means nothing. When marriage loses its'
meaning, society and children suffer. When children suffer, government
expands. When government expands, liberty contracts. This is not a good
day for the future of America."