SCOTUS Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage Mandates Ntionwide Concealed Carry Reciprocity
If you’re following any of the various media outlets this morning, you’re probably aware that the U.S. Supreme Court has just extended gay marriage to all 50 states.
The Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples have
a right to marry nationwide, in a historic decision that
invalidates gay marriage bans in more than a dozen states.
Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states
and the District of Columbia. The court’s ruling on Friday
means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest,
will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.
The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme
Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally.
You can peruse the full ruling here, but the meat of the activist
Court’s over-long decision hinges on a single paragraph.
The Court used Section 1 of the Fourteen Amendment to
justify their argument, which reads:
All persons born or naturalized in the United States,
and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the
United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state
shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the
privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States;
nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or
property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person
within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
By using the Constitution in such a manner, the Court
argues that the Due Process Clause extends “certain personal
choices central to individual dignity and autonomy” accepted
in a majority of states across the state lines of a handful of
states that still banned the practice.
The vast majority of states are “shall issue” on the
matter of issuing concealed carry permits, and enjoy
reciprocity with a large number of other states.
My North Carolina concealed carry permit, for example, was
recognized yesterday as being valid in 36 states, which just so
happened to be the number of states in which gay marriage was
legal yesterday. But 14 states did not recognize my concealed
carry permit yesterday.
Today they must.
Using the same “due process clause” argument as the
Supreme Court just applied to gay marriage, my concealed carry
permit must now be recognized as valid in all 50 states and
the District of Columbia.
I’ll be driving through the District of Columbia,
Maryland, New Jersey, and New York in several weeks, places
that until yesterday I did not have a legal right to concealed
carry. As of today, with this decision, it would seem that
these states and the District must honor my concealed carry
permit, or violate my constitutional rights under the 14th and
God Bless America.