As a lawyer, as a supporter of civil rights, as a parent, as a citizen of the United States, I am incredibly proud to be so fortunate as to be alive and paying attention as the Supreme Court yesterday made the United States significantly more inclusive. This morning, at the breakfast table, I was proud to discuss a landmark decision with my children.
Obergefell v Hodges will forever be a symbol of the ongoing fight against exclusion and bigotry, much like Brown v Board of Education continues to stand for the ongoing fight against racism.
Here is the conclusion of the majority opinion issued yesterday:
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 civilizations’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.
The first weekend in April – or occasionally the last weekend in March – is the best weekend of the entire year. In most places, winter is finally over. Spring is finally established with its new growth and new life. But all of those weather-related items could apply to many weeks and weekends as Winter ends and Spring begins. This particular weekend is different. It is SPECIAL.