Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision felling part of the Defense of Marriage Act is about the profound, and the mundane, about who we are as a nation and how we live from day to day.
We settled the profound part long ago in Massachusetts. We are all equally human. Love belongs to everyone, gay or straight. “The decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition,” wrote Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, in the state’s landmark Supreme Judicial Court decision legalizing same sex marriage here in 2003. Denying that momentous act to a class of people violates our fundamental principles.