Woo-woos for everybody!
The Supreme Court of the United States legalized gay marriage across the nation on June 26, 2015, a day that will down in history as yet another major win day for the LGBT community, if not humanity. America for sure – the leader of the free world has a lot of catching up to do these days.
But back to the news du jour: It was, indeed, very happy news to wake up to this morning.
The Obergefell v. Hodges case that helped settle the matter came down to a 5-4 vote, though. Not terribly surprising. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, writing, among other things, that, “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 once of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law.
“The Constitution grants them that right.”
Heck yeah it does!
And America will be all that much better because of this day because equality for all is a beautiful thing. President Barack Obama agrees with me. :)
Update: Click here to read reactions from Hillary Clinton and from Hollywood, including Ellen DeGeneres, Neil Patrick Harris, George Takei, Gabrielle Union, Olivia Wilde, Sean Hayes, Shonda Rhimes, Zach Braff, and Ian McKellen, among others.