Friday, June 26, 2015 is truly an historical day in the history of civil rights in America. The Supreme Court ruled that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, and made the right for all to marry legal nationwide. In a five to four vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy helped take the majority, along with the court's liberal justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. In the statement of the majority, Kennedy wrote, “Under the Constitution, same-sex couples seek in marriage the same legal treatment as opposite-sex couples, and it would disparage their choices and diminish their personhood to deny them this right[.]” Needless to say, there is plenty of reason to celebrate today.
The right to marry has been one of the most pressing socio-political movements of the past decade. As our nation progresses to a more inclusive society, so does our pop culture. Throughout the 2000's and now, there have been more same-sex couples on the big and small screen than ever before. It is no doubt a reflection of how the LGBTQ community is being embraced on a much greater scale. There is still a lot of work to do, a lot of lessons to teach, and a lot of strides to make, but Friday is still a joyous day. Some people, gay, queer, straight, or however they may choose to identify, may never actually want to get married, but as Kennedy pointed out, the choice is theirs.
Here's how some of the most beloved onscreen same-sex couples would feel about this historic victory.
Harvey and Scott, Milk
Though the real Harvey Milk, a gay rights icon and activist, was gone too soon, there is peace in knowing love won today.
Willow and Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
I imagine these two are taking the night off from fighting off vampires to celebrate the big win.
Callie and Grace, Grey's Anatomy
Jules and Nic, The Kids Are All Right
These two really know that marriage isn't always easy, but it always has to be nurtured. Even when the times get tough, it's beautiful to know the next generation will grow up with marriage equality.
Augustín and Eddie, Looking
They both work at a shelter for LGBTQ youth in San Francisco. These two are going WILD.
Mitch and Cam, Modern Family
FEELINGS. ALL OF THE FEELINGS.
David and Keith, Six Feet Under
Thankfully, five out of nine Supreme Court justices were not.