The Court Of The Obergefell V. Hodges Supreme Court Case Essay

1472 Words Oct 13th, 2016 6 Pages
The ruling in the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court case was decided on June 2015. With a 5-4 decision, the right to marriage, originally saved for “traditional” couples meaning man and women, was extended to same-sex couples. This would overrule any states previous laws against same-sex marriage. This marriage would become legal throughout the entire country. Although, the Supreme Court made this ruling, many against gay rights argue that it is unconstitutional. The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States clearly states that the laws of the country protect all citizens equally. This amendment extends the right to marriage to same-sex couples. The fight for gay rights did not begin in the twenty-first century, but can be traced back to earlier cases in history. Jack Baker and Michael McConnell first attempted to get a marriage license in 1970. They were almost immediately denied, and laughed at for believing that marriage applied to anyone other than a man and a women. Jack Baker being a law student decided to sue the state of Minnesota, “…He argued, limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples would constitute unconstitutional discrimination on the basis of sex, violating both the due process and equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment” (Ball). Every level of the court that they brought their case to dismissed it, even the Supreme Court. The courts refused to hear their case due to their belief that it would be a waste of time. Mary…

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