It’s been almost a year to the day since I posted my last entry. Life has a way of getting away with me and I don’t feel my muse very often anymore. It’s been a year of ups and downs but today was exceptional.
Yesterday I saw a blog that said that the Supreme Court decision would probably come out today on marriage equality so this morning at around 8:30 I started watching the SCOTUS web page, refreshing it every few minutes hoping to see an update. I ended up getting involved with the stacks of work on my desk and around 11am when I refreshed it was there, the decision that so many have been waiting forever to happen.
I opened the decision and had to read the first page about three times before it finally sank in. Yes, freedom to marry the person you love, irregardless of gender has become the law of the land.
I kept wanting to cry. Tears welled up and receded over and over. I wanted to jump up and shout and do a dance. I read the entire ruling by Justice Kennedy and in the end, reading the closing paragraph I finally cried.
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.
Tonight I’m watching all of my friends shade their Facebook avatars with celebrate pride colors. Tonight I’m watching celebrations and professions of love and happiness. Tonight I think of Cricket and all his friends, of all the beautiful people I know and love dearly and I’m happy in their joyous exclamations.
Tonight I’m seeing some who are angry with the dissenters. Tonight I’m asking all of my loved ones to love those who express themselves with fear and hatred. Love those that can’t or won’t understand. It makes no difference now. Let’s truly make LOVE WIN, by loving those that just don’t get it.