A majority on the Supreme Court of the United States declared this morning that the Constitution "grants the right" for marriage to be redefined to include same-sex couples.
Four of the Supreme Court's justices dissented, including Chief Justice John Roberts – and each one of them wrote a separate opinion outlining why.
"If you are among the many Americans – of whatever sexual orientation – who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today's decision," Roberts wrote.
"Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits. But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it," he said.
Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative rock on the court, wrote his own stinging dissent and called the decision a 'threat to American democracy.'
"Hubris is sometimes defined as o'erweening pride; and pride, we know, goeth before a fall," he wrote. "With each decision of ours that takes from the People a question properly left to them – with each decision that is unabashedly not based on law, but on the 'reasoned judgment' of a bare majority of this Court – we move one step closer."
But the five robed justices who banded together to expand the Constitution's protections of gays and lesbians worded their ruling just as strongly.
"No union is more profound than marriage," they wrote, "for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family... [The challengers] ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."
Is it time for Christians and conservatives to awaken?