One year ago this week, I was at our lake house in New Hampshire, sobbing into the picnic table about the injustice of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision and the way it would harm the lives of women across the country.
But this week, SCOTUS is back on my good side – my great side. My pro-healthcare, pro-equality, pro-love side. And I am ready to cry for joy, instead.
Because look at this:
This map shows where in the US gay marriage is legal. And the answer is EVERYWHERE.
Think about what that means for the happily engaged duo who were trying to pick from a short list where to have their wedding – and who now can marry in any single state without complication.
Or the person who is about to leave this country and their love behind because their marriage doesn’t come with immigration rights.
Or the couple who have been together for 60 years and are worried that when they get sick, they won’t be allowed into each others’ hospital rooms because they aren’t technically “family”.
Or the kid, who today, can go home and dream of their own wedding without barriers – knowing that no matter who they love and where they live, they, too, have a shot at a “happily ever after.”
All each of us want is equal dignity in the eyes of the law. And today, millions more people got it.
From Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion: