On 26 June, for the country:
- the United States has become the 18th country worldwide to fully perform and recognize marriage for same-sex couples throughout its borders.
- Marriage, once again, is federally recognized as a civil and human right.
- Dignity has now become as important a judicial and legal concept as privacy.
- In a repeat of 2013’s United States v. Windsor, a razor-thin 5-4 decision saw Chief Justice Roberts in dissent and Kennedy as the “swing vote”.
- Justice Scalia was, as usual in these cases, hot with anger at his fellow justices in his dissent.
- Justice Thomas baffled people when using slavery in his dissent’s argument.
- The entire roster of major Democratic candidates (4) praised the decision.
- Almost the entire GOP roster of presidential candidates (with the silent exception of George Pataki) ballyhooed the decision.
- Singles, couples and families celebrated everywhere, except in the usual pockets.
- That pastor who said that he’d set himself on fire if he lived to see this day….is now saying it’s a figure of speech.
- Over 26 million Facebook users added pride-colored filters to their avatars.
- The meltdown against marriage equality ramped up to a fever pitch.
- DoD benefits were immediately issued to same-sex spouses of military servicemembers and retirees.
On 26 June in Georgia:
- The first marriage licenses for same-sex couples were issued to a couple in Atlanta.
- The first marriage for a same-sex couple in Muscogee County just happened.
- Two celebrations were held in Columbus, including at the Government Center downtown and at CV Pride Community Center (alongside the center’s regular movie night).
- The gender-neutral licenses prepared by the Attorney-General’s office were ready to roll out across the state.
Unfortunately, your writer was riding out of the state for a family reunion when he found out that Obergefell v. Hodges was decided the right way.
Otherwise, it was a normal Friday in Georgia and America.