I cheered when I saw the news. I looked at my phone again to be sure that I had read it right. And then I cheered for a second time.
I shouted out of disbelief that the Supreme Court got this one right. I cheered out of joy for all of those who now have the absolute freedom to marry whoever they love. I cheered for my son, knowing that he will never have to fear if he or any of his friends and family will have their relationships denied.
In the majority opinion, Justice Kennedy wrote, “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.” Stephen and I obviously have no idea if Henry will be gay or straight or somewhere on what can be a very fluid line. Frankly, we don’t care. What matters to us is that he grows to be kind and finds happiness in a love that Justice Kennedy describes.
Our belief in equality has been a basic tenet of the Beatific Photography philosophy from the beginning. We are honoured to photograph any family and/or wedding, gay or straight. Starting today, the state of Georgia (even here in Cumming and Forsyth County!) will finally recognize all marriages and families as well. And that is worth cheering and shouting over and over for.