According to a Supreme Court ruling, gay marriage has been extended to all 50 states. The vote, 5-4 had Scalia, Roberts, Thomas, Alito voting against and writing dissents to document their decisions. Right or wrong in your eyes, depending upon which side of the political spectrum you fall under, they ruled;
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.
The full ruling can be read here, but the gist of the ruling, and the loophole that creates a window of opportunity, hinges upon one small paragraph;
It seems the Justices who voted in favor of the ruling, used Section 1 of the 14th Amendment to define and justify their actions;
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.
The justices used the Constitution in such a manner, arguing that the Due Process Clause extends “certain personal choices that are central to individual dignity and autonomy”, to be accepted in a majority of states across the state lines of a handful of states that still banned the practice of same-sex marriage.
With all that being said, a large portion of the states are “shall issue” on the matter of concealed carry permits, enjoying reciprocity with many of the other states.
For example the State of Texas there are at least 27 states that provide reciprocity for concealed handgun permits, and in many others, such as North Carolina there are up to 36 states. There are many states who do not recognize concealed carry permits, but it seems that today they must.
By using the same thought processing, argument and eventual ruling by the Supreme Court for same-sex marriages, the “due process clause” can just as easily be applied to the issuance and reciprocity of concealed carry permits. Essentially making it legal to carry in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Although I am not saying to run over to one of your neighboring states that have not given you reciprocity and try this theory out tomorrow, eventually it will be challenged and heard at the Supreme Court level, forcing the Justices to rule in favor, based on their previous decisions.
So no matter how you fall on the same-sex marriage issue, there can always be a silver lining to every storm cloud, you just have to look for it.