This is a repost of piece Anne posted a year ago. The piece has photos taken in Braun Court in Ann Arbor, part of Kerrytown, where the celebration of the Supreme Court decision in the Obergefell v. Hodges case which made marriage equality for all Americans the law of the land took place.
Whether you’re married or not, we hope you enjoy the day and reflect on the fact that America became just a little bit more of a perfect union a year ago today.
The following images were captured at the Braun Court Decision Day celebration in Ann Arbor on June 26, 2015. The celebrants were joined by SCOTUS marriage equality plaintiffs April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse and their Michigan legal team. It was a day of pure joy.
Jayne and April take a break from recording interviews
The poetry that concluded SCOTUS Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion:
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.
From left to right: Diane VanDorn & Connie Greer and Jayne Rowse & April DeBoer, women whose fight for marriage equality we’ve documented at length at Eclectablog
Michigan Radio Executive Producer Zoe Clark
Jim Toy Center Director Brad O’Connor
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell
“Will you sign my decision?!”
Ann Arbor attorney Carole Stanyar who was part of the legal team fighting for marriage equality across the USA