This is a major victory not only for those people who can now have all the legal rights and benefits of marriage they have been so long denied but for the human race as a whole. America becomes the 21st country to allow same-sex marriage, and others will surely pay attention. Every victory for love and acceptance over hate and prejudice brings us all closer to a world where people are free to be their authentic selves, so long as they harm no other person, and we all can live together in greater harmony.
For those people, like my friends who have been together for almost 21 years and now plan to marry on the 21st anniversary of the relationship, this is a great personal victory. When one of these two loving women was seriously ill a few years ago, her partner was unable to have any say at all in her treatment. That will never happen again. Another couple I know had to make the decision to move hundreds of miles from their homes and jobs in Georgia so that they could marry and be assured that they would never lose the twin girls they had by artificial insemination and the help of a donor. Hopefully no other couple will have to face that sort of wrenching choice again.
As for those who say this somehow demeans the “institution of marriage,” the union of two people who want to declare their intention to share their lives and their property, and publicly be as one, and who have waited and fought for that right, can only enhance the concept, which has been tarnished by high divorce rates, high percentages of infidelity, and a general lack of regard for what it is supposed to mean.
This is one of those wonderful moments, like the passing of the vote for women and the Civil Rights Act, that change everything for the better. Hurray for love!