"My views are based on my upbringing and my faith, and I believe that marriage is a sacred vow between one man and one woman." In as much as this statement represents your personal beliefs and your own orientation toward marriage I have tremendous respect for your honesty.
In OBERGEFELL v. HODGES Justice Kennedy writes:
"The right to marry is fundamental as a matter of history and tradition, but rights come not from ancient sources alone. They rise, too, from a better informed understanding of how constitutional imperatives define a liberty that remains urgent in our own era. Many who deem same-sex marriage to be wrong reach that conclusion based on decent and honorable religious or philosophical premises, and neither they nor their beliefs are disparaged here. But when that sincere, personal opposition becomes enacted law and public policy, the necessary consequence is to put the imprimatur of the State itself on an exclusion that soon demeans or stigmatizes those whose own liberty is then denied."
In his dissent Chief Justice Roberts rebukes and chastises a majority he argues by their actions have removed not just the issue of samesex marriage, but the democratic process itself, from the people. He writes:
"_The Court’s accumulation of power does not occur in a vacuum. It comes at the expense of the people. And they know it._ Here and abroad, people are in the midst of a serious and thoughtful public debate on the issue of samesex marriage. They see voters carefully considering samesex marriage, casting ballots in favor or opposed, and sometimes changing their minds. They see political leaders similarly reexamining their positions, and either reversing course or explaining adherence to old convictions confirmed anew. They see governments and businesses modifying policies and practices with respect to same-sex couples, and participating actively in the civic discourse.They see countries overseas democratically accepting profound social change, or declining to do so. This deliberative process is making people take seriously questions that they may not have even regarded as questions before."
And then he punctuates:
"There will be consequences to shutting down the political process on an issue of such profound public significance. Closing debate tends to close minds. People denied a voice are less likely to accept the ruling of a court on an issue that does not seem to be the sort of thing courts usually decide".
What a warning! What a caution! After all, the processes of our democracy are constantly at stake, not only in relation to this issue, but with each and within every set of issues that confront us as a Nation. For many the court's ruling has come upon them suddenly, and for other's it did not come soon enough. How human...
In another post you remind us “This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.” While my views on marriage equality may differ from yours on this we agree. What is love, after all, if it is not the fulfillment of the law?
Have a good weekend sir. Blessings.