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On June 26, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in effect demoted five other justices in his dissent in the case concerning same-sex marriage: “Supporters … have achieved considerable success …through the democratic process … . That ends today. Five lawyers have closed the debate and enacted their own vision of marriage as a matter of constitutional law. Stealing this issue from the people … .”

Calling the five majority justices “lawyers” is saying these justices were advocates rather than impartial. Our form of government assumes justices are trustworthy and will judge impartially. Two of the justices had previously officiated at same-sex marriages — impartial?

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion said: “They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.” So, the Constitution grants “equal dignity.” Now where do we find that?

We have gone beyond “due process” to the right of “equal dignity.” This is good news for lawyers and those who don’t feel good about themselves. “Dignity” means the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect.

Due process was sacrificed by the court for a predetermined desired outcome, resulting in the sacrifice of its own dignity.

Richard Culbertson

Mt. Lebanon

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