Today the internet will be full of very happy LGBT people and their very happy supporters. The Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.
Justice Kennedy wrote the majority opinion on the decision, which is the culmination of decades of litigation and activism and a fast-moving change in public opinion. "No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family," he wrote. "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," he said of 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."
We will get to the jokes and memes and celebrations, but for now it's important to recognize this moment in history.
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