Today is a good day.
While Canada recognized same-sex marriage in 2005 through the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act, our neighbours to the South finally caught up with us after a landmark decision was just handed down by the Supreme Court of the United States. The Supreme Court has ruled that individual states cannot ban same-sex marriage.
In a world where we are so often bombarded with news of hate, discrimination and inequality, I felt it necessary to take a moment to recognize this momentous decision in support of love, from one of the most powerful countries in the world. We’ve got a long way to go, but, today the world is a bit better than it was yesterday.
“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In the forming of 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 the 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.”
-Justice Anthony Kennedy