Today was an historical day. The United States Supreme Court (FINALLY!!!) ruled that state bans against same-sex marriages are unconstitutional- all couples can now marry nationwide! We could not be happier!
I learned about the decision through social media, as my Facebook feed was filled up with post after jubilant post by friends. As I scrolled through the many rainbow-clad posts and read the articles, I began to tear up. I knew that this decision would make me happy, because I'm a strong believer in civil rights and equal rights, and LGBT rights, and have been a supporter of this cause since the beginning. I did not expect to cry. But I was so moved. This means so much to so many people. I was particularly touched by Justice Kennedy's words, particularly this closing passage:
"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 seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilizations'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."
B and I shared the sentiment of so many others today. I loved seeing the celebrations and happy emotions, and rainbows everywhere in support of this decision. And I was particularly touched when B sat L down before he left for work to talk to her about this, and explain the significance of the decision. She didn't seem to understand why that wouldn't be the case to begin with.
And then we colored this:
I am so grateful that she will grow up knowing that anyone who wants to marry in this country can. It will be a given.
In the car today, as we were listening to the radio, she said, "I know why they're playing love songs. It's because today you can marry anybody you want."