(LOS ANGELES) A historical ruling has just come in from the Supreme Court, who has ruled in favor of marriage equality. This ruling comes after a long wait from the first time a case was heard in front of the SCOTUS. Recently the two major supporters have been Kennedy and Ginsburg; both of whom have been vocal about equality and abolishng the rite to discriminate against those wanting to marry.
The current case centers on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in 14 states, primarily Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee, and it will consider these two questions:
1) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?
2) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out of state?
These two questions being answered will set in stone the path of equality for the #LGBTQ Community and weather this is looked at as a small step or a big leap forward, it has set us in the path closer to equality and acceptance for Loving the person we do.
Here is an exerpt from the transcript of the opinion by Justice Kennedy:
"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."
This day will be known not only for the victory that we have accomplished but for the fight to love who we love no matter what their gender is and for being equal to our heterosexual counter parts. Even though we may have won the battle, we have yet to win the war. But today, we celebrate love.