In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples can marry nationwide, ending decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights. Gay rights supporters cheered, sang, danced and cried in front of the court following the decision being announced. They shouted “Love has won,” as the plaintiffs exited the Court.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion, is also the author of all three of the Court’s previous gay rights landmark decisions.
FROM THE MAJORITY OPINION:
“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.”
Pete Marovich is a photojournalist based in the Washington D.C. metro area covering the White House and Capitol Hill. He is co-creator of American-Journal Magazine and serves as photo editor.See more of Pete’s work at petemarovichimages.com.