"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." And just like that, marriage equality is the law of the land.
Today is a day millions of our citizens--both gay and straight--will never forget. The Supreme Court, with Justice Kennedy writing for the majority, ruled that gay marriage is a fundamental human right in the United States and that all laws banning the practice were unconstitutional. Never again will a gay citizen be denied the right to marry the person they love.
Justice Kennedy's opinion is filled with beautiful prose standing up for the dignity of our gay citizens and their Constitutional rights as citizens of this great country, but the final paragraph of opinion was one of the most eloquently written conclusions to a Supreme Court opinion I have ever read:
"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."
This opinion could not be anymore clear. Gay citizens have the same rights as every other citizen in this country now and forever into the future. And now the Supreme Court has their back.
We are entering an exciting new realm in America and I am so thrilled to be a part of it. Marriage is about cementing a bond with the person you love and it doesn't matter what sex that person is. Justice Kennedy and the courts four liberal justices have now enshrined that as a Constitutional right.
Today the President said "[w]hen all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free." No truer statement could have been said after this historic ruling. All Americans are more equal today and forever into the future.