A Good Day For Equality

It’s late, and it has been a long day, but I don’t want to let it end without a post to mark the amazing thing that happened this morning: the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, and California’s Prop 8.*

My feelings on the subject are pretty much summed up by this quote, from Goodridge v. Massachusetts Dept. of Health, the opinion that legalized same-sex marriage in Massachusetts in 2003:

“Marriage bestows enormous private and social advantages on those who choose to marry. Marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family. It is an association that promotes a way of life, not causes; a harmony in living, not political faiths; a bilateral loyalty, not commercial or social projects. Because it fulfills yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, marriage is an esteemed institution, and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition.”

This country is a better place now that more people are able to undertake that “momentous act of self-definition.” May it bring them the happiness that marriage has brought me. (Which is a lot! Hooray marriage!)

And, most importantly, now Kristen Bell and Dax Shepherd can get married. Which I’m sure is the thing that pushed Justice Kennedy over to the side of the angels in the first place.

* Well, technically, it relied on a standing issue to allow the CA district court’s decision, (which struck down Prop 8 on the grounds that was unconstitutional), to stand. But you know what? I’ll take it.

[Footnote edited to correct an error – I originally said that the CA Supreme Court’s decision was upheld, but in fact it is the district court decision that stands, because SCOTUS found that the petitioners had no standing to appeal its decision. The CA Supreme had the standing issue on certification, but that’s not what got upheld here.]

Amanda Taub

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