In a landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court decreed today that gay and lesbian couples in our country have the constitutional right to marry.
Said Justice Kennedy, “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.”
Goosebumps, right? We know. And so, it’s clear, do the countless people who’ve taken to social media to celebrate this historic moment using hashtags like #LoveWins and #MarriageEquality.
Throngs of stars weighed in with wholehearted approval as well, but these 15 celebrity messages stirred something in us to act — whether that act be continuing to campaign for human rights, dancing in joyous abandon or simply hugging the person standing next to us.
Let's use this victory as a reminder to keep pushing for equality on every frontier. We have the power!
#MarriageEquaility!!!! A giant step towards our country being a better place to be!
Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage written with some very moving words that everyone on both sides should read..
— Dr. Ruth Westheimer (@AskDrRuth) June 26, 2015
To all the kids out there who are feeling alone, remember the country's got your back! #SCOTUSMarriage
— Andrew Keenan-Bolger (@KeenanBlogger) June 26, 2015
REJOICING AND SMILING AND CHEERING AND YELLING AND DANCING AND CELEBRATING!!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!! https://t.co/FRTaebXwGk
Progress. Leadership. https://t.co/v657iOjKSY
Ignore the tiny minds and closed hearts. They're dying off anyway. Be happy. Cry, laugh, drink, dance. You were right. Love won. #SCOTUS
— Katherine Fugate (@katherinefugate) June 26, 2015
These messages remind us to keep fighting the good fight, be kind, stand up for what’s right and that, above all, love always wins. Always.