…yup, still shining, even after the United States Supreme Court ruled that every state in the Union, including South Dakota, must recognize same-sex marriage… or is the laws of this land shall now call it, marriage.
I invite your favorite passages from the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. I find these words useful:
The history of marriage is one of both continuity and change. Changes, such as the decline of arranged marriages and the aban- donment of the law of coverture, have worked deep transformations in the structure of marriage, affecting aspects of marriage once viewed as essential. These new insights have strengthened, not weakened, the institution. Changed understandings of marriage are characteristic of a Nation where new dimensions of freedom become apparent to new generations [Syllabus, Obergefell v. Hodges, United States Supreme Court, 2015.06.26].
Nancy and Jennie, Jeremy and Clay, Lynn and Monica, Krystal and Kaitlynn, Barbara and Ashley, Greg and Mark, go get your marriage licenses. Attorney General Marty Jackley says you can.
I’m checking again… that ring might be shining a bit more brightly. Another great day for America.
Update 15:17 CDT: The White House official Twitter account today flies this icon:
And this ruling is a victory for America. This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts. When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free.
…We are big and vast and diverse, a nation of people with different backgrounds and beliefs, different experiences and stories but bound by the shared ideal that no matter who you are or what you look like, how you started off or how and who you love, America is a place where you can write your own destiny.
We are people who believe every child is entitled to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. There is so much more work to be done to extend the full promise of America to every American. But today, we can say in no uncertain terms that we’ve made our union a little more perfect [President Barack Obama, remarks on Supreme Court ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges, 2015.06.26].
Change, said candidate Obama in 2008. Change we have.