Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,” fundamental to our very existence and survival…. To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State’s citizens of liberty without due process of law.
-Loving v. Virginia, June 12, 1967
My Other Parents, my Emergency Backup Parents, were married October 12, 1968. They lived in New York, not Virginia, and they weren’t first in line at the courthouse, but it was still a fresh and new thing.
My sister and her husband were married April 19, 2008, in the same tiny 99.7% white college town in upstate NY where my Other Parents met. Nobody batted an eye.
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, June 26, 2015
The funny thing is, I will almost certianly never get married–or at least, not any more married than I am now (although we’ve been talking about living together, ish, maybe, in the future). But to know that I have the right–to know that my kind of love is recognised as valid and real–to know that Girl Weasley can marry the woman she loves and nobody will bat an eye–
I am not yet tired of marriage equality.