Sing It Out Sunday: #LoveWins Edition
After all the sadness and horror from Charleston last week, this week came to a stunning conclusion when the Supreme Court announced that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion came to its own stunning conclusion with these words:
“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.”
And then the internet exploded. With rainbows.
- Continuing the #LoveWins theme, check out Cake Wrecks’ Sunday Sweets: Rainbow Connection post for some wedding cake inspiration, like this beauty from Wild Orchid Baking (and then pop over to the wrecky version for good measure!)
- As someone who was living in Massachusetts when it became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage (I was in high school – there was cake in the cafeteria and one teacher dressed up in a tux!), Ryan Cooper’s exploration of how the gay marriage cause has advanced so spectacularly quickly is of particular interest – especially when you consider what hasn’t advanced.
- David Lebowitz visited the Le Creuset factory in France, and my list of cookware to buy has just expanded exponentially
- The classics major in me had a serious freak-out moment over the fact that the Metropolitan Museum of Art has a circa 285-250 BCE papyrus fragment of The Odyssey! And when I was there this past winter, I didn’t see it! Guess I’ll have to go back…
- Finally, on a sad yet hopeful note, watch President Obama’s eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the victims of last week church shooting. Much ado has been made about the President singing Amazing Grace, and rightfully so, but the entire thing is worth your time: