Today, the Supreme Court issued its ruling on same-sex marriage, and in a landmark decision (by a one-vote margin!) declared it legal nationwide. It is a hard-fought civil rights victory that we joyfully celebrate in solidarity with the LGBT community, thinking especially about how it will affect the lives of undocumented members of the community who can now finally marry.
Read Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s eloquently written majority opinion below, and check photos of joyful celebrations around the country that prove that #LoveWins!
“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. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage,” Justice Kennedy said of the couples challenging state bans on same-sex 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.”