The Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in 2015. Has that had a positive or negative impact on America since then, and is there anything that Congress should do either in response or to further support gay rights?
The Supreme Court decision in 2015 recognized marriage equality for all of our citizens. It is an application of the principle of equal protection under the law, which is a hallmark of our Constitution. Marriage equality protects the privacy of all citizens in their most personal and basic relationships. As a country, we don’t intrude upon the relationships of other people unless they are causing harm to someone.
American civil law is to apply equally to all citizens. When someone is in the hospital, they may be visited by their partner or have help with medical decisions. In the event of their death, they may pass property to their spouse, as a partner would. The Supreme Court decision honors privacy by preventing interjection into someone else’s relationship.