While the feeling and sense of celebration was clear, crowds and speakers- from Basic Rights Oregon, to U.S. Congressman Ron Wyden- made sure to point out that journey was far from over, and that there was still work to be done. There are still injustices happening out in the world to members of the LGBTQ+ community, and we need to work together to make the change we want to see.
However, that day in Terry Shrunk Plaza, we could celebrate in the words of Justice Kennedy’s Majority Opinion:
“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…… 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.”
June 26th, 2015 will be remembered as the day that the United States of America took a giant step forward in history. We have a ways to go, but it was a fantastic day for Love to Win.