Saturday, June 27, 2015

Marriage Equality

Even though it was greatly expected, the SCOTUS decision on Friday morning—which extended marriage equality for lesbians and gays to every state in the union, came a shock to this blogger if only because, being in my middle 50's, I never thought to see the like in my lifetime. 

Word came as I was listening to WQXR, the announcer reading off the news from the AP, the word taking another 5 minutes to appear on social media, which then quickly spread via the internet. In a heart beat, Facebook was allowing everyone to overlay a rainbow patter over profile photos, the result being that everyone—gay and straight—participated in a massive chorus of jubilation. I'd never seen the like of that either. And when I read Justice Kennedy's poetic writ—I cried.

What an amazing 36 hours. I feel blessed to be alive to see the expansion of civil rights, and quite simply, watch love win. 

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. —Justice Anthony Kennedy