What a beautiful day. What a momentous decision. The Supreme Court has ruled today to enact marriage equality in all fifty states. All bans on same-sex marriage are overturned, all marriages recognized in every state. This is HUGE and so wonderful. From Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion:
No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.
Just beautiful. I had a good little happy-cry this morning thinking about how Malcolm will never know a time before full marriage equality. This is not the end of things, as many people are pointing out– there is still so much work to do to have full equality in every sense– but this is a step in the right direction. A gigantic rainbow-colored glitter-covered step. Hooray!