Last week was a pretty incredible one. As I’m sure you all know by now, the Supreme Court issued a long-awaited ruling affirming the right to marriage on behalf of all United States Citizens, no matter their sexual orientation.
And on Friday morning, minutes after the decision was published, I sat down, read the opinion, and cried tears of joy.
In our world, progress often comes very slowly and then all at once. This victory was the result of years of courage and patience on behalf of the litigants, attorneys, and the entire LGBT community. It was a long time coming. Too long. But it came. And it was so beautiful when my Facebook page was suddenly filled with rainbow profile pictures in celebration.
There were a number of moving passages in the Supreme Court’s opinion, but my favorite was this: “The nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own times.” We all come of age in a society that we didn’t shape, with influences around us that put a filter on what we view as wrong and right. And seeing through that filter — realizing that injustice exists and needs to be fixed — is the best thing we can do for each other.
Our rights as citizens are stronger when they are applied equally. Marriage, as an institution, is stronger when everyone is given equal access to it. Our Constitution didn’t create privileges for a select few. It acknowledged certain human rights, under the law, for everyone.
This was a legal victory, of course. And it was a personal victory for the millions of LGBT citizens whose rights were affected by the decision. But it was also a human rights victory for our country and the world.
It’s fitting that the weekend that followed celebrated LGBT Pride, because that’s exactly what I felt when I read the Supreme Court’s opinion. I felt incredibly proud.
Congratulations to all the newlyweds this week!