This weekend I went to one of the most beautiful weddings. After two decades together my aunts Marianne and Colleen were able to get married in the eyes of their government. It was a very personal ceremony filled with all the wisdom and caring of a couple who have spent so long together. I couldn't stop crying as a friend of theirs read the last paragraph of Justice Kennedy's majority opinion.
<br><br>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.<br>
The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.<br><br>It is so ordered.<br>