With those simple yet moving words, Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the 5 justice majority of the US Supreme Court, affirmed the idea that equal protection under the law, is not limited to some Americans. But rather, is true for all Americans.
I remember asking my Mom at the time "What did the Nuns do wrong? Why are they in Jail?" Laughing, my Mother replied that Nuns were not allowed to get married, that they were "married to the church". At the time I really didn't understand the concept of being married to a church, but over the years that followed, I would come to understand all to well the idea of not being "able" to get married.
As someone who was Gay, I was convinced of this. I thought, I may as well just hang out with Nuns locked behind the iron gates. Marriage, was not something I would ever be allowed to share. Or so I thought... Now years later, I can say that there is incredible joy in being proved so completely wrong.
In a week when I recently wrote a blog asking "What is wrong with America?". Today we see what is so completely right with America. E Pluribus Unum. Out of Many, One. The idea that America is never finished. We are always and forever a work in progress. Far more potential than presently realised. Forever expanding the idea that we all created equal, endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
To those who decry this progress and are filling the airwaves and internet with bile and vitriol, to you I say, I am sorry. Sorry that you have so little faith in the country you so loudly say that you love. Sorry that you see freedom and equality as zero sum propositions.
But mostly I am sorry you have so completely failed to understand both the nation in which you live, and religious faith you claim to profess. Today is a very GOOD day for America, and this weekend in cities all over the world, there will be one amazing party. I am sorry you are too afraid to step out of those shadows and join us in celebrating what truly is a victory for all Americans.
There will plenty of time in the weeks to come to analyse and debate the events of today and what it means for the United States, but for now, even here in London we will celebrate this latest chapter in the American story.
Happy Pride Weekend everyone, and God Bless America.