Wednesday, July 22, 2009

emphasis on equality

great thread over at 2000 dollar wedding on how to take a stand for marriage equality at your wedding.

Someone posted an excerpt from the MA Supreme Court ruling that is just so touching. Have you read this before?
From Goodridge v. Dept. Of Public Health,
introduction by Massachusetts Supreme Court
Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall:
"Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive
commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love
and mutual support. Civil marriage is at once a deeply
personal commitment to another human being and a highly
public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship,
intimacy, fidelity, and family. Because it fulfils yearnings for
security, safe haven, and connection that express our
common humanity, civil marriage is an esteemed institution
and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life's
momentous acts of self-definition. It is undoubtedly for these
concrete reasons, as well as for its intimately personal
significance, that civil marriage has long been termed a
"civil right." Without the right to choose to marry one is
excluded from the full range of human experience."

1 comment:

The California King said...

very eloquent. i like the last line that you posted about missing a part of the human experience. i just understand how people don't get that.