My first reaction when I heard the news of the SCOTUS decision was astonishment. It was only a few hours later when my mind really started to comprehend what happened. At least with respect to marriage, we're no longer second-class citizens. I vividly remember the day my wife and I legally married in California, just a few days after SCOTUS struck down Proposition 8. Six months prior, we had a beautiful domestic partnership ceremony where we were surrounded by our family and friends; and, although I was ecstatic, I did not cry then. I cried, however, when I heard our officiant say the words, "by the power vested in me by the State of California (...)." To have our relationship finally recognized by the law, not as a "partnership," not as a "union," but as a "marriage," was too powerful a moment and I could not contain my tears from falling.
Now, same-sex couples in all 50 states will also be able to have the same recognition under the law. In the profound words of Justice Kennedy: