We Won!

Gavin Newsom at City Hall, June 26, 2015

5 to 4: Justice Kennedy writes for the majority!

The Supreme Court has ruled: equal protection is now guaranteed by the constitution. States must perform same-sex marriages and recognize marriages performed in other states! This landmark decision makes same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states by invalidating state constitutional amendments that define marriage as between a man and a woman.

We celebrate this incredible victory for LGBTQ equality! We thank all who worked tirelessly to make this day a reality. We remember 2004 when our City’s Mayor, Gavin Newsom, risked everything including breaking the law, by performing same-sex marriages at City Hall in San Francisco.

AHP’s philosophy is to empower people to choose self-affirming options consistent with their philosophies of living. Marriage is an affirmation of love and commitment to another person. It’s not for everyone, but it ought to be an option for all. The Supreme Court agrees. For more details on the case and the decision click here.

Closing paragraph of today’s SCOTUS ruling:

“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.”

— Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority.

We are filled with such profound joy and relief. Now go get married, if that’s for you.