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 judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.

It is so ordered.

– Justice Anthony Kennedy

生命不是过程 而是美丽旅程 风景有 亮和暗 也有爱和恨

第一站叫天真 第二站叫青春 下一站 的名字 等你去确认

(Life is not just a process but a beautiful journey

with scenery, light and darkness, also love and hate

The first stop is naiveté, the second stop is youth,

the next stop’s name is up to you to decide)

– 阿信


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