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Congratulations to all LGBT folks in here in Texas and across the United States on this historic day! I’ve had tears in my eyes all day watching elderly same sex couples who’ve spent their lives together finally being married in the eyes of the law. And seeing young same sex couples take that leap of faith with their partner that they will be together for life. Thank you to them all for sharing their joy with us. There is still much to do, for example, in many states you can still be fired from your job for being gay. But this was a HUGE step in the right direction! Below are the amazing words of Justice Anthony Kennedy in the 5-4 decision:

“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.”

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