The traditional gift for a 5th wedding anniversary is wood. Our gift today came in the form of a Supreme Court gavel.
E and I were each at work, following along on SCOTUSblog, waiting for the decision. I started shaking when it started to come out; nervous as I’d been, I really hadn’t expected it to be the first decision of the day.
Fortunately, there was almost no time for suspense, because Lyle and Amy are super fast.
I can still hardly believe it. I haven’t read through the entire decision yet, but I think the final paragraph sums it up best:
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. [The petitioners…] ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.
Equal dignity. Equal rights. Wow.
When we got married, 5 years ago today, only 6 states recognized our marriage.
2 years ago, when the Supreme Court brought us federal recognition, there were still only 14 states that granted us the same courtesy.
With today’s decision, I am so thrilled to color our entire country green.
What a long way we have come! Or as E put it, “If you had told me when I was growing up that America would have a black president, universal health care, and gay marriage by 2015, I would have laughed you out of the room.”
Tonight we’ll celebrate our anniversary. And then we’ll go plot out our weekend, which involves taking trash to the dump, mowing E’s mom’s lawn some time when it’s not raining, going to church, and getting M packed and off to camp to start his job. Just a typical weekend, in the life of a typical married couple. Sweet.