Today the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize such a marriage when lawfully licensed and performed out of state.
The majority opinion, authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, concludes with this touching paragraph:
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.
The attorneys at Family Law Center take pride in serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) community. On this historic day, we celebrate this milestone for LGBT equality, the diverse types of families that make up our country, and the beauty of love.