Oded Frid, CEO of The Aguda, says the US Supreme Court decision will echo throughout the world.
June 26, 2015, will forever live in history. On that date the U.S. Supreme Court said same-sex couples have a constitutional and fundamental right to be wed. The court said the right to marry applies to everyone, including those who choose to marry a member of their own sex. Having found this to be a basic liberty endowed by the Constitution, they ruled that it must apply in all 50 states.
Obergefell vs. Hodges is the latest milestone in an impressive lineup of court cases that culminated with more rights being granted to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. It was the judicial branch, rather than the legislative branch, that made this possible. This is how things should have unfolded. After all, the judiciary is entrusted with, inter alia, safeguarding democracy.
Democracy is more than just letting the public rule itself through a majority vote. A democracy’s real value is judged by its willingness to safeguard basic civil liberties regardless of people’s political affiliations or world views.