I was reading this article and took away something very exciting from the reader comments…it is possible for an ex-president to be appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States!” So I asked my best online friend Google and read the following on supremecourt.gov. OMFG! I have a dream…
Has anyone ever served as both President and Chief Justice?
William Howard Taft is the only person to have served as both President of the United States (1909-1913) and Chief Justice of the United States (1921-1930).
An excerpt from today’s Supreme Court of the United States decision on OBERGEFELL v. HODGES, Opinion of the Court as delivered by Justice Anthony Kennedy:
“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. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage
embodies a love that may endure even past death. 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.
The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.
It is so ordered.”
It is so ordered! I never thought this day would come during my lifetime. A co-worker IM’d me a link to the decision this morning and I sat there and cried. On my way home from work this afternoon I was listening to the radio and cried most of the drive home. I was crying tonight when I read photo captions like these: In Dallas, Jack Evans, 85, and George Harris, 82, were married after 54 years together; Tony Chiaro, 73, and Earnie Matheson, 65, have been together 26 years and were the first to receive their license in Arkansas; In Lancaster County Nebraska, Judith Gibson, 74, and Barbara DiBernard, 66, of Lincoln got their license after 27 years together.
The straight people I know all assumed that this would be the ruling. The queers I know, just like me, were not so sure about it. We know how easy it is for people to refuse to consider us as equals and we don’t count our chickens before they hatch. My Pollyanna was hoping for the best, the reasonable and right outcome, but my Cynic was thinking “no fucking way”. I love it when Pollyanna wins, because when that happens we all win!
The Fab Five of the year are:
p.s. My wife and I will celebrate our Silver Anniversary this summer…25 years together! (My parents weren’t together that long.) I’m not looking to get married…in 2003 after 13 years together, we were legally married in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. This decision makes me so happy for everyone else who is now able to have a legal and recognized marriage that I’m crying again!