Friday, June 26, 2015

"The Constitution grants them that right."

For the record:

On this day, June 26, 2015, Marriage Equality was granted to same-sex persons by the Supreme Court of the United States.  Same-sex couples may marry now in all 50 states.  Let us end the use of adjectives to describe a marriage.  A marriage is a marriage is a marriage.

John and I welcome this day, a day we, like so many others, thought we would not see in our lifetime. God is good and has granted this grace to us all. We do think this day of those who have gone before, who indeed did not see this day in their lifetime, but we know now rejoice with us on the farther shore.

Justice Kennedy:

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.

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