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It was a different world for millions of people south of the Canadian border when the sun set yesterday. The United States Supreme Court finally made same-sex marriage a reality in the 13 states that had continued to use religious bigotry disguised as government to oppress and stigmatize love.
[su_quote cite=”Justice Anthony M. 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.
It is so ordered.[/su_quote]