Angelo Schillaci

«Enjoy liberty as we learn its meaning». Liberty, Equality and Equal Dignity in "Obergefell v. Hodges"

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Keywords: Same-sex Marriage; Liberty; Dignity; Equality; Civil Rights; Supreme Court of the United States of America

On June 26, 2015, US Supreme Court ruled on the issue of same-sex marriage, finally recognizing the right to marry for same-sex couples, as well as the duty of each State to recognize same-sex marriages celebrated in another State. The article analyzes the decision as a milestone in the history of the struggle for civil rights of gay and lesbians in the US and abroad. From a constitutional perspective, the article highlights the original combination of due process and equal protection clause in the interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment. It shows a new form of interaction between the concepts of liberty and equality, and a significant use of the concept of dignity.

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