Writing for a divided court, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote, "In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were," adding that "It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. ... 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."
Online, the reaction was a a little less eloquent, but it made up for it in passion.
The ruling marks the end of the decades-long fight for marriage equality by LGBT Americans and a remarkable transformation for the community in the U.S. As early as 2004, 11 states wrote constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage into their Constitutions. Former President George W. Bush rode to a second term on a campaign promising a federal amendment against equality. Today, however, solid majorities of Americans support same-sex marriage and many on both sides of the political spectrum are eager to move on.
Or in the words of President Barrack Obama, #LoveWins.