Well, nearly two years after the legal fight for marriage equality began in Kentucky, it ended with a victory in the United States Supreme Court. In a 5-4 opinion, the Court ruled that state bans of same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. Gay marriage is now legal in every state!
Friday, the day of the decision, was quite emotional for all the plaintiffs and attorneys involved in the cases of Bourke v. Beshear and Love v. Beshear. We had little time to let the ruling set in before we were off to a press conference. Then, we found out that Governor Beshear had ordered all state clerks to issue marriage licenses that day, so we rushed to Metro Hall so our clients Tim Love and Larry Ysunza could get in line.
Tim and Larry were first, but soon after them two men from the office of mayor Greg Fischer arrived with their partners. The mayor had two bottles of champagne in tow! There was a slight delay because the new marriage forms had not yet arrived for printing, but the wonderful people in the clerk's office hand-wrote the licenses themselves so there would be no further wait.
Tim and Larry were the first gay couple in Jefferson County (perhaps the entire state) to receive a marriage license. As the lead plaintiffs in Love v. Beshear, that was tremendously fitting.
I will write more about the case as time passes. For now, I'll say that I am overjoyed and ecstatic not just for our clients, but for all couples around the entire country who now get to enjoy the same rights so many of us have long taken for granted. I'm so honored to have been able to contribute just a little bit to a multi-decade effort to secure dignity and respect for so many beautiful people.
Click here to read the Obergefell v. Hodges opinion.