This is the Biggest News in Decades of Love.
Only 10 years ago or so this seemed soooooooo far away.
Alli Sarazen: I’m almost sobbing.
Waylon: I’m so happy!
Alli Sarazen: This is so exciting.
Waylon: I’ve blogged about this more than 200 times over the last 6 years and we featured this on our magazine cover back before Prop 8. It’ll be nice not to have to cover such an injustice, ever again! A truly Brave New World. The Brangelina Vow is expired!
“Briana W: Watched it all this morning with my 3 year old. When we saw a male couple kiss, she said “look mama they’re a family!” and I realized that all this discrimination, all these crap laws, they’re temporary. Equality is coming, and I can’t wait to celebrate it.”
“The White House changed their profile picture.”
This barely passed. 5-4. For those who underestimate the power of voting for a President who appoints the SCOTUS, let this be a reminder.
Read the final two paragraphs of the Court’s opinion…beautiful.
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.
And another highlight from the Majority:
The nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own times. The generations that wrote and ratified the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment did not presume to know the extent of freedom in all of its dimensions, and so they entrusted to future generations a charter protecting the right of all persons to enjoy liberty as we learn its meaning. When new insight reveals discord between the Constitution’s central protections and a received legal stricture, a claim to liberty must be addressed.
~This, folks, is hot off the press.
Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that all Americans—no matter their sexual orientation—have the right to marry the people they love.
Love is Love. Besides, our country should not regulate our hearts.
And this is the epitome of the basic rights our country is all about:
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. #anyperson
“It takes no compromise to give people their rights…it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.” ~ Harvey Milk
“The single best thing about coming out of the closet is that nobody can insult you by telling you what you’ve just told them.” ~ Rachel Maddow
“At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won’t be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black.” ~ George Clooney
From my Congressman Jared Polis:
“Today is a historic day: the Supreme Court made marriage equality for same-sex Americans the law of the land in all 50 states and all U.S. territories. It is a landmark victory in the movement for equal rights—one that wouldn’t have been possible without the courage and tireless efforts of activists across our nation.
With today’s decision, the Court ruled in no uncertain terms that the bonds of love, commitment, and responsibility that all our families share exist without regard to gender and deserve the dignity of being recognized under the law. Today’s Supreme Court decision gives us more to reflect on than simply the programs and legal avenues to which same-sex couples throughout the country will now have access. Today’s decision is fundamentally about respecting our families and relationships.
But even this progress doesn’t mean the battle for equal rights is over, or that LGBT Americans will no longer face hardship—far from it. So while we recognize the momentous, unprecedented victory that we achieved today, we can’t lose sight of our larger goal—a world in which being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender doesn’t subject a person to discrimination and prejudice.
All Americans and the institution of marriage achieved a historic victory today—that’s reason to celebrate. But there’s still work to do.”
Update: President Obama’s speech after the decision:
“Sometimes, there are days like this when slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.”
Sadly, at this time, no Republican presidential candidate supports allowing same-sex couples to marry. A majority of Americans now supports the right to marry for same-sex couples
It’s okay to ask the dumb questions:
Love is love is love. We dare you not to cry when you watch this:
Editor(s): Waylon Lewis & Alli Sarazen