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From Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion:

“The Constitution, however, does not permit the State to bar same-sex couples from marriage on the same terms as accorded to couples of the opposite sex.”

“The Court, in this decision, holds same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry in all States. It follows that the Court also must hold—and it now does hold—that there is no lawful basis for a State to refuse to recognize a lawful same-sex marriage performed in another State on the ground of its same-sex character.”

“The idea of the Constitution ‘was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts.’ West Virginia Bd. of Ed. v. Barnette, 319 U. S. 624, 638 (1943). This is why ‘fundamental rights may not be submitted to a vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.’  Ibid.

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The Chief Justice dissented.  Justice Scalia had a fit: “I join THE CHIEF JUSTICE’s [dissenting] opinion in full. I write separately to call attention to this Court’s threat to American democracy.”

Threat to American democracy?  Sorry, Nino.  Just not feeling it.

Justices Alito and Thomas also authored separate dissenting opinions.

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