This morning I have been up for hours - actually that has happened several times lately, in anticipation of the historic decision by the US Supreme Court. Just over an hour ago they issued an opinion that will effect the entire nation. They affirmed equality. They said that gay people can marry too. Years from now you will remember where you were on the morning of June 26, 2015. Today, history is made.
In writing the majority opinion, Justice Anthony McLeod Kennedy said these words, which will likely end up on posters:
No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In the forming of 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 judgement of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. It is so ordered.
I have just seen tweets from California Lt Gov Gavin Newsom (the former mayor of San Francisco), who had the courage to start the whole same-sex marriage ball rolling, eleven years ago. I have seen tweets from other policiticans and from celebrities and from the many activists who have worked so hard for this day, like Stuart Gaffney and Molly McKay Williams. President Barack Obama even went before the cameras with a celebration message.
I won't pretend that the whole world just changed. I won't pretend that there is not still a lot of work to do. I won't pretend that everyone is happy about this and is celebrating. We do have reason for joy though. We do have reason to hope for brighter tomorrows. Things just got a little better. History was made!