With a beheading in France, a deadly mosque bombing in Kuwait, and people getting gunned down in a hotel in Tunisia all in the past 24 hours, it’s really refreshing to hear the news not have to talk about horrible shit for a couple of minutes.
Also, Justice Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion in the 5-4 decision, is a poet.
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 Onion has it right, this was a no-brainer. Congrats to all of those that shouldn’t have had to fight for this right in the first place.