What a week
"History is happening today. Supreme Court strikes down bans on same-sex marriage--just in time for pride weekend," reacts Nora G. Hertel, as the Court annouced in a 5-4 ruling that the Constitution guarantees a right to gay marriage: "They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right." Katrina vanden Heuvel calls it a "Victory for tolerance, humanity, love & liberation," while The Big Lead's Tyler Duffy tweets "*slow clap*." The decision comes on the heels of yesterday's SCOTUS decision on Obamacare. "Man, slow news week," jokes Brian Eason. "A great week at the Supreme Court. I'd celebrate, but too limp with relief," admits Paula Span with the New Old Age blog. Oliver Willis summarizes it thusly: "YOU GET A MARRIAGE YOU GET A MARRIAGE YOU GET HEALTH INSURANCE YOU GET HEALTH INSURANCE." Care of the Washington Post, here's where gay Americans can now marry (may as well throw away the map key altogether, right?).
In response, President Barack Obama made what was perhaps his most emotionally erudite address yet, declaring, "Today we can say in no uncertain terms, that our Union is a little more perfect." Also worth noting is the exquisite eloquence of Justice Kennedy's writing. "It is rare to realize a public figure is writing for the future, rarer still that their prose is so beautiful," remarks freelance journalist Steve Huff. On the other end of the Court, of course, is Antonin Scalia. Huffington Post summarizes his response as "I Give Up, Do Whatever You Want." But as Dana Liebelson points out: "Supreme Court majority to conservatives: We know. Feminism was scary too. You'll be ok."
Lest we think today is simply for celebrating, however, multiple terrorist attacks have left a mounting body count in France, in Tunisia and in Kuwait. In France, attackers stormed an American-owned industrial chemical plant near Lyon, decapitated one person and tried unsuccessfully to blow up the factory, while gunmen opened fire on beachgoers at hotel in Tunisia.