I’m sure you’ve heard by now, but the Supreme Court finally (finally!) legalized same sex marriage nationwide on Friday, just in time for Pride this weekend. And what an incredible weekend it has been. I feel like I haven’t stopped grinning.
On Friday morning, waiting for the ruling to come down, I felt such a knot in my stomach. I was fairly confident the Supreme Court would do the right thing, but it was hard not to feel nervous, thinking of all my couples over the years who had been waiting so long for this moment. When it happened, I just couldn’t stop crying. I grabbed my children and held them to my chest as we watched President Obama’s speech after the ruling. (While we normally don’t let them watch TV, sometimes you just have to break the rules when history is being made.) They will now get to grow up in a country where they will be able to marry anyone they want, if they decide to get married someday. And their generation will think it’s crazy that we ever denied same sex couples that right. That is a beautiful thing.
To all the couples I have had the honor of photographing over the years who have been waiting so long for this day, I just wish I could give you all a giant hug. It makes my heart so happy to know your marriages will now be recognized wherever you live.
I’ll leave you with the final paragraph from Justice Kennedy’s opinion, which is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read on marriage…
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.