‘Stare decisis.’ ??Couples concerned about marriage equality — either their right to marry, or the continued legal recognition of their existing marriage after January 20, 2017 should add this term to their vocabulary. The venerable legal principle translated ‘let the decision stand’ is a sturdy bulwark guarding the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in Obergefell from the personal opinions of individuals, whether they hold elected office or hold forth on your television screen. In short, the ship of state does not change course easily. ?
With Obergefell the Supreme Court determined the right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process and Equal Protection clauses. It furthermore cited ‘principles and traditions’ supporting equal application of this right to same-sex couples. Were the incoming administration able to seat Justices personally opposed to marriage equality, stare decisis is considered a first principle of judicial restraint over personal impression. For example, after Roe v. Wade, even conservative Justices invoked stare in allowing the ruling to stand.
Todd & Joe were wed in front of their closest family and friends at Founders Hall in beautiful Charleston. Their love and excitement was obvious in both them and to their guests. Many antique pieces were used as accents around the venue, as Joe has a knack for them. They danced the night away and were entertained by their favorite performers and friends.