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The U.S. Constitution, along with the Bill of Rights and subsequent amendments, establishes the framework of America’s tripartite government and delineates powers among the three branches, and between the federal government and the states. Brookings experts offer their ideas on important policy issues that, fundamentally, are constitutional questions.
REUTERS/Joshua Roberts - Supporters of gay marriage wave the rainbow flag after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry at the Supreme Court in Washington June 26, 2015. The court ruled 5-4 that the Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law mean that states cannot ban same-sex marriages. With the ruling, gay marriage will become legal in all 50 states.
Obergefell v. Hodges: Same sex marriage & cultural jousting at the Supreme Court
June 29, 2015, Richard Lempert
On June 26, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that same-sex marriage was legal in all 50 states. In this post, Richard Lempert looks at the legal shortcomings of the opinions—of both the majority and the dissenters.
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William A. Galston
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The Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in Governance Studies
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