It’s that time of the year again: Equality Mugs! It seems like a rose colored dream in those bygone days when Obergefell v. Hodges was passed in 2015. I remember crying. Not weeping, but the kind of tears that slowly swell from a deep peaceful place when you experience something moving beyond words. While it is clear we are nowhere where we need to be as a country, we have taken some small steps toward being a more just and happy society, and this is one of them. During the more difficult days, remembering this pivotal moment for human rights can soften the blow and offer a glimmer of hope in the days to come.
This is why we continue the tradition of making our Equality Mugs. It’s a reminder that social justice is possible. That equality is non-negotiable. That change does happen. The beautiful thing about Obergefell v. Hodges was that it wasn’t one case, it was many. It took hard-fighting couples, their children, their support systems and swells of courage to legalize same-sex marriage. Couples like April Deboer and Jayne Rowse, David Michener and William Herbert, who fought, spoke out, and stood up for their rights. We hope y’all will once again join us in celebrating and remembering this incredible victory for our country!
So cheers y’all, we love you.
In the closing decision Justice Kennedy remarked:
“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 fulfillment 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.”
(*though Team East Fork would love to replace “men and women” with “people”)