Love Wins!

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.

- Oberge­fell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. _​_​_​ (June 26, 2015) (Kennedy, J.).