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Closing Paragraph of Gay Marriage Ruling

The Closing Statement of the Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Will Make You Cry

Today the US Supreme Court confirmed what we already knew to be true: that love is love. In a historic ruling, the court voted 5-4 in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, and people celebrated the decision all over the world. Now, it's not every day that a Supreme Court statement captures our attention, but Justice Anthony Kennedy's closing remarks on the same-sex marriage ruling moved us to tears. It embodies the meaning of marriage and emphasizes the importance of this monumental move toward equality. Read the beautiful statement, and celebrate a big win for love!

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 they once 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 judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. It is so ordered.

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