June 26 marked a historic day in the United States. On Friday morning, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional, effectively making gay marriage legal in all 50 states. On the steps of the courthouse in Washington, D.C., enormous crowds gathered in jubilation to celebrate a long battle finally won, waving rainbow flags and American flags in tandem. It's a powerful day that has many feeling extremely proud to be American. Justice Anthony Kennedy penned the opinion for the majority, which included himself, Justice Elena Kagan, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and of course, the Notorious RBG herself, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
In a poetic and moving opinion, Justice Kennedy drove home that the decision was a necessary recognition of the humanity of all people, and that in order to uphold life, liberty, and the values of family bonds that so many Americans hold dear, those rights — not privileges, but human rights — must be extended to all. As he wrote, "They ask for dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."
Reading the entire opinion from Justice Kennedy is strongly recommended — it's a shining example of just how our justice system can work, an impassioned appeal to the idea that freedom is for all. And though there is still a long way to go, June 26 was an incredible day and a victory for one of the biggest civil rights issues of our time. But, don't worry, if you are a little befuddled by the legalese, here are a few memes with the best quotes from the historic ruling:
That's right, America: it is SO ordered.