25 Reactions To SCOTUS Legalizing Gay Marriage That Will Melt Your Heart

Y’all, today just got SO historic. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that gay marriage is legal in ALL 50 STATES. The fact that we even had to have this ruling in the first place is beyond me, but it’s here and it’s awesome. 35 states already recognized gay marriage, but after the 5-4 ruling today, it’s legal in every state and cannot be banned. Essentially, gay marriage has become marriage.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion and was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor in favor of legalizing gay marriage nationwide. Justices John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito all wrote dissenting opinions, which is fairly rare. In Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion he wrote,

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.

While there are a handful of bigots being gross about this on the Internet, the majority of people are overwhelmingly positive. Check out these heartwarming responses:

From the President himself!

Yasssss Gaga, yasssss!

So great.

Finally, everyone is becoming more open-minded.

So many emotions!

#feels

Dance!

SO BEAUTIFUL!

This is the best.

Gay ice cream!

Omg.

Mawaige!

IT IS SO ORDERED.

Welcome to 2015, y’all.

Freedom for all!

Guess what? Gay marriage doesn’t ruin straight marriage.

Bye.

This is just one reason why this needed to happen.

!!!!!

I can’t wait to go to my gay friends’ weddings.

Amazing.

You do you!


Yes!

Like, can you imagine not being able to have a future with your loved one?

That’s literally going to be the weirdest conversation.
 
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  • meg

    I teach in a country where the government is dead opposed to it and my teenagers didn’t realise it wasn’t legal. If 15 year old boys who live in remote farming communities can’t see why it’s illegal, we need to move on. Congratulations America.