Today Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! There is little I can say right now; it is an expected decision, yet the moment itself is still surreal. Maybe I wasn't really expecting the decision until Monday. Much reading to do; the opinion is available↱, so there's my evening and weekend. This thread has run for nearly eleven years, and the whole time the point has been to create something of a record, so that when today arrived we would have something to look back at in order to remember that it wasn't actually a bad dream. My beloved America takes a step forward, breaks some of the chains that bind it to shame. And today I raise a toast to my traditionalist neighbors. Really, we could not have come this far without you. Indeed, your determination to inflict harm against my community over the last quarter-century is exactly the reason we have reached this threshold. Every time you asked people to look, they did, and often with new eyes. With each new request to harm people, fewer and fewer could look their friends and family in the eye and say yes. And then one day they looked at us, and what we were asking for―basic human rights and dignity―and said yes. And this happened millions of times, individual hearts and minds. This nation, transformed by hatred, rises to say no. Columbia smiles. Columbia shines. We made it, friends. We made it through this insanity, and today the whole of our nation can claim victory. This isn't just a gay rights victory, it is a triumph for the whole of these United States of America.