Held: The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State.
I admit I've been one of the doubting Thomases all along. I did not think we'd see equal marriage this decade - I expected it to be a fight we'd lose that would become a non-issue to our children.
It's interesting how some fights go, and some fights linger. Today is the 40th anniversary of historic Boston busing decision, an attempt to restore equality of educational opportunity. But still most schools in the city don't teach this bit of their own history - it's not part of the state-mandated curriculum, even as MA students learn how the President had to call in the Army to desegregate schools in other states.
Some fights go, and some fights linger. Today's victory doesn't make gay people suddenly equal members of our society. Discrimination in the workplace, in housing, in adoption, and many other arenas remains to be fought. We are no more post-homophobic than we are post-racist. But today I think we will see some beautiful pictures of loving couples who happen to be of the same sex celebrating their ability to share their lives together more fully, more legally.
(If you're a wonk like me and enjoy reading decisions, here you go: http://www.freedomtomarry.org/page/-/files/pdfs/SCOTUSObergefellOpinion.pdf)