I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention today’s historic events at the US Supreme Court. Again, I promised this blog wouldn’t be all marriage equality all the time (you can see my other blog for that stuff), but I’d like to quote Justice Kennedy’s opinion below. Because ultimately, marriage is about love – one of the topics of this blog. To all of our LGBT brothers and sisters out there – we have a lot more work to do, but for now, enjoy what has occurred today.
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.
The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.
It is so ordered.
-Justice Kennedy, joined by Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, Ginsburg, and Kagan