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John G. Roberts, Jr.

Liberty leaps forward

Liberty leaps forward

The arc of the moral universe took a sharp bend toward justice in the last month.

In a decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the United States Supreme Court ruled that four poorly articulated words in a 900-page law cannot nullify the intention of the entire law, thereby reinforcing the provisions of the Affordable Care Act and preserving the newly won right of millions of Americans to obtain health care.

Then, by a 5-to4 vote, the court ruled that gay and lesbian citizens have the same constitutional right to marry as straight citizens. Opponents of the decision said the definition of marriage that has stood in most societies for millennia should not be overthrown...