Here’s scene from the rally at the State Capitol on June 26, 2015, as well over a thousand Coloradans gathered to celebrate the marriage equality victory from the US Supreme Court. In this photo, we are observing a moment of silence to remember the victims of the church slayings in Charleston, SC. And in my remarks, and in words of several others speakers, we noted that hatred and discrimination are still alive and well in our nation. As advocates for equality, inclusion and respect we still have a lot of work to do.
Here are some of my favorite passages from Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion in the case:
“The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach…”
“The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality. This is true for all persons, whatever their sexual orientation.”
“[T]he right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment couples of the same-sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty. The Court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them.”
“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.”
Click here to read the Court’s full opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges.