In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has decided that couples across the nation have the constitutional right to marry no matter what arrangement of genders stand at the altar. This brings marriage equality to all of the states where same-sex marriage bans were still in place or still being enforced to some extent.I
The decision in the case Obergefell v. Hodges, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, relies on the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment, which states, “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor hall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
This is groundbreaking. This is amazing. This is a massive stepping-stone for the queer community. We are one step closer to equality. It doesn’t mean that we are fully equal (don’t be so naïve), but it does mean that we can move on and start working in other issues. More important issues. Don’t lose the momentum.
But, with that being said, go out and have a drink. Go out and kiss someone you love. Go make love to someone. Go celebrate marriage equality.