The one beautiful paragraph that explains marriage equality perfectly.

One paragraph.

Eight sentences.

124 words.

That’s all it takes to perfectly explain why same-sex marriage should be legalised. Not just in America. Not just in Australia. But in every country around the world.

If you know anyone who does not support marriage equality, you simply need to show them the final paragraph of the judgement of Justice Anthony Kennedy of the US Supreme Court.

It is the perfect statement about love, equality and dignity:

“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. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfilment for themselves. 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.

It is so ordered.”

As we wait for equality in Australia, we are inspired by these words and the joy that they have brought so many people around the world

Congratulations, America. And thank you for keeping the dream alive for so many.

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