On Sunday morning I am still in shock from this. Two days later my joy still cannot be contained. And my vocabulary seems entirely inadequate to describe my feelings.
I understand that there are still court challenges and a stay could be handed down early this week as the Attorney General appeals the ruling. There are multiple cases wending their way through the court system and the Supreme Court could soon make a ruling that will affect all the states.
But for now it isn’t about politics. It is about love.
It is about the dozens of joy-filled couples who gathered to declare their love publicly. It is about children whose parents are now legally married. It is about the paper heart cut-outs and the real hearts filled with passion. Bubbles in the air and couples everywhere with smiles as wide as their faces. Hands held together, heads rested on shoulders. It is about the hugs of friends and embraces of lovers as that love is finally recognized. It is about the tears of joy from those in love, their friends, their families, and even strangers. It is about love, which really is the only thing that matters in the end.
Tomorrow we can discuss politics. We can argue about whether the state should be involved in marriage at all. We can plan the next moves in the political arena. Today let’s just take it in, savor the history that we are living through, and in a world where there is too much violence and hatred let’s celebrate the fact that there are those who love each other. This is a powerful moment. How often is love at the center of the news cycle? Let’s enjoy it while we can. When love wins we all win.