The Supreme Court has ended two decades of litigation, and finally declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry in every state in America.
Justice Anthony Kenedy, who authored today's ruling, is known for his extravagant and flowery prose, but the final passage of the ruling is unlike any other court document you'll ever read.
Behold, the possibly most beautiful piece of legislation ever written...
The closing statement reads: "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 fulfilment for themselves.
"Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilisation’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."
The ruling sparked a global Twitter celebration, where users were tweeting their sentiments with the hashtag #LoveWins...
Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins— President Obama (@POTUS) June 26, 2015
There is no "gay marriage". It's simply marriage and now we all have the right to it. #LoveWins— Marc (@MarcMonster) June 26, 2015
IM SO HAPPY TO FINALLY LIVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE LOVE HAS NO BOUNDARIES #LoveWins— ♀cyberbean♀ (@sadblackcat) June 26, 2015
this makes me so happy
they deserve itJune 26, 2015