It’s a joyous day as marriage equality comes to the entire United States. While there’s still a lot of work to be done on many different fronts, let’s take a moment to appreciate the unbelievable week of progress we just witnessed.
This morning, in a landmark decision, the Supreme Court brought marriage equality to the entire United States, ruling that all same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional and that marriage is a constitutionally protected right of all Americans, regardless of gender. Justice Kennedy wrote the 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.
The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.
It is so ordered.
The week that was
We’ve been through a lot lately. We have a long way to go on other equal rights for LGBT people, women, and people of color, as well as other issues like income inequality and problems with our justice system.
But it’s not often that we make so much progress in so little time. And days like today are especially rare. Days like today give me hope for America.
Just when I thought this day couldn’t get any more amazing-incredible, Pres. Obama broke into “Amazing Grace” during his eulogy in Charleston. Did you see that? Wow. I got chills. What an extraordinary moment. This week feels like the beginning of Pres. Obama’s legacy.
And what a week it has been. So much of America’s ugly history is suddenly on the way out. Confederate flags are finally coming down across the entire country, health care has been assured for all Americans, and we’ve achieved marriage equality nationwide. In one week!