Supreme Court rulings are typically dry legalistic documents, but Friday’s decision recognizing gay marriage nationwide was more lyrical than most.
Here are some of the most memorable passages from the majority opinion authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy.
He begins by describing the importance of marriage
He tells the love story of the main plaintiff
He gives a short but powerful description of why people marry
He argues that barring same-sex marriage harms couples
He explains how a ruling would affect all of the plaintiffs
He concludes by again explaining the importance of marriage
And he reverses the lower-court decision, recognizing gay marriage across the nation