In each of the last two years, 2013 and 2014, I have had the great pleasure of announcing another strong step forward for the cause of equal rights and marriage equality in America. There has been no doubt as to the trajectory of history on the subject of same-sex marriage. Today the U.S. Supreme Court, in its long-awaited case Obergefell v. Hodges, has finally seen the writing on the wall and has ruled in favor of marriage equality across the board. After today, nowhere in the United States of America may people be denied the right to marry who they love. This result, unthinkable only a few short years ago, is actually unsurprising–and it’s astounding how unsurprising it is.
As a male married to another male (a lower court decision made it legal in my state in May 2014), I mark this as a great step forward for freedom in America. It’s also a resounding defeat for the forces of hatred, bigotry and intolerance. Since last spring’s horrible anti-LGBT bill from Indiana was finally fixed, at least partially, Obergefell is the last gasp of naked bigotry against LGBT people being enshrined into positive law. There are still plenty of insidious ways that intolerant forces can continue to discriminate against people on the basis of their sexual orientation, and those must be combated as well, but there’s no denying this is a big step forward.
Today, Americans are more equal and more free. As Bill Clinton said this morning on Twitter, “America’s continuing journey toward a more perfect union just took another very important step.” Furthermore, coming as it does two days before the 46th anniversary of Stonewall, this victory is especially resonant in the history of the LGBT freedom struggle.
Congratulations to all the same-sex couples who will soon be tying the knot as a result of this ruling. This is a happy day for Americans, freedom, the Constitution, and love.