Reason to Hope

I just heard about the Supreme Court decision ruling that same sex marriage is a right. I was working on a post about this bad cough I’ve developed (I know it sounds insane but I sprayed Febreze in my apartment a week ago and I’ve been coughing ever since. I’m seeing the doctor today, but I’m going out of my mind. It’s driving me crazy. Cough, cough, cough, endless cough, cough, cough).

But now I must pause and savor at least one shred of proof that some things in the world are getting better. Thank you, Supreme Court. Thank you, universe. Now please turn your attention to the religious extremism/mental illness taking hold around the world.

UPDATE: Just read the closing of Kennedy’s opinion. Stunningly beautiful and moving and compassionate. It’s going to go down in history. Well played, Justice Kennedy, well played:

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.

Oh wow. It’s Gay Pride weekend. It’s going to be insane!! I wasn’t going to march in the parade, and I probably still won’t (too tired) but I will be out taking pictures of what will probably be an incredible celebration!!

The Chrysler Building, my favorite skyscraper. I think it might be everyone’s favorite skyscraper.

The Chrysler Building, New York City

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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