Sunday, June 28, 2015

A Greater Union...

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, 
That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
That among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness...

Two hundred and thirty-nine years ago this Saturday, Thomas Jefferson penned those words as the heart of the Declaration of Independence, to which he and fifty-five other hardy souls signed their names.  Had the American Revolution ended badly for the home team, those who signed it would have likely been rounded up, tried for treason, and hanged.  

Eight days shy of America's two hundred and thirty-ninth birthday party, a five-member majority of the Supreme Court of the United States in the matter of Obergefell, et al. v. Hodges, Ohio Director of Health, et al., took a significant step towards delivering on Jefferson's promise.   One might have thought - based upon the language used by the Core Four who not only dissented - but who each authored his own separate, dissenting opinion - that the Court's decision suspended fundamental, individual liberties or something similarly drastic.  For any among our number who read any of the dissenters' opinions (to the surprise of no one, Justice Scalia's was the most "colorful") on Friday, the mere fact that the Sun arose in the east on Saturday morning must have come as an enormous relief.

The Court's opinion, which Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy authored (Notice his initials, anyone?), concluded with this paragraph, in which - at least to my eye and to my ear - Justice Kennedy achieved harmony between the beauty of the language and the power of the ideals it was written to convey...


#LoveWins.  And there is not a goddamned thing wrong with it doing so.  

Not a goddamned thing. 




-AK 
    

2 comments:

Judith Pack said...

At a time in this Country when you question alot that goes on, it was so refreshing to see we got this right! Great blog.

Adam Kenny said...

Thanks for taking the time to read and, also, for taking the time to share your thoughts about what you have read here. Both are sincerely appreciated.