Saturday, June 26, 2021

Pic(k) of the Week: It is so ordered.

It is so ordered

On this day (26 June) in 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, that the U.S. Constitution grants same-sex couples the right to marry and that, under the Constitution’s guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law, no state or jurisdiction can abridge that right.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy (now retired) wrote the majority opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges.
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.
Supreme (pdf)

Image: Pride flag proudly flying over a pub, in Decatur (Beacon Hill), Georgia, USA, on 26 June 2021.

  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of images posted on Saturdays, and occasionally, but not always (as is the case today), with a good fermentable as the subject.
  • Photo 25 of 52, for year 2021. See it on Flickr: here.
  • Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II.
    • Lens: Olympus M.40-150mm F4.0-5.6 R
    • Settings: 132 mm | 1/500 | ISO 200 | f/5.6
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