To paraphrase Justice Kennedy‘s reflections on the ancient and time honored custom of marriage; ‘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 they once were. Marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality. This is true for all persons. There is dignity in the bond between all human beings who seek to marry and in their autonomy to make such profound choices. Marriage responds to the universal fear that a lonely person might call out only to find no one there. It offers the hope of companionship and understanding and assurance that while both still live there will be someone to care for the other.’.
We still have a long way to go with regards to equality and decency, but what beautiful progress we have seen on the marriage front! Love is Love! It’s an honor to celebrate that love in all of its forms and to legally marry couples of all sexual orientations. Whatever are the words you prefer: husband, wife, spouse, lawfully wedded… these are the words that make a marriage legal. Below are some of the incredible ways our couples have chosen to use them!