This morning the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality. It is now the law of the land that same-sex couples have the right to marry, equally recognized, across our great country.
I have long been an advocate of equal rights. I was raised in a home where homosexuality was accepted. My parents had many friends who were homosexual, so growing up I knew that boys can love boys and girls can love girls from an extremely early age.
Consequently, I’ve been raising my children with the same acknowledgement and acceptance that love IS love and people ARE people.
Justice Anthony Kennedy’s words in this historic decision summed it up perfectly:
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 as for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgement of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.
It is so ordered.
This monumental ruling means so much to the millions of men and women who have been fighting for so long to have their rights recognized. It is an amazing victory in the history of our land.
Not to take away from that, but this is also a commitment to future generations. Our children will not have to face this battle. My wee ones, no matter if they are gay or straight, will have their love and commitments recognized, no matter where their lives shall take them in the United States. As a parent, this makes my heart swell.
We did it! We did it for our LGBT brothers and sisters who have fought long and hard for equal protection under the law. We did it for the future generations of our nation, that are now free to love and benefit from all that comes with marriage.
And, it is my hope that in time, as more and more couples wed and closet doors continue to open – homosexuality will soon be embraced. Gone will be the stigma. Hate will disappear and love will prevail. Nationwide recognition and acknowledgment of these unions will break down many of those barriers – it just has to.
As a parent, I am thrilled and it gives me hope for the future of our country.
Certainly, there is still much work to be done, but today, we celebrate the progress. It really is a big deal and we should be very proud of what we have accomplished in not just the here and now, but for the future generations.
Love has won, once and for all.
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