In a historic decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that gay and lesbian couples across the country have a constitutional right to marry. This was called a victory for America but I see it as a victory for love, equality, and human rights.
As a wedding planner, I help several same-sex couples say “I Do” to one another. I love their strong feelings for one another, their passion and their desire to form a family, and those weddings have always been very dear to me. Today I’m celebrating with them and with those couples who will get married in the near future.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in the 5 to 4 decision, and he wrote:
“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.”