16 June 2008

 

California, 17 June 2008, 5:01 p.m. PDT

"The right to marry whoever one wishes is an elementary human right compared to which 'the right to attend an integrated school, the right to sit where one pleases on a bus, the right to go into any hotel or recreation area or place of amusement, regardless of one’s skin or color or race' are minor indeed. Even political rights, like the right to vote, and nearly all other rights enumerated in the Constitution, are secondary to the inalienable human rights to 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness' proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence; and to this category the right to home and marriage unquestionably belongs."—Hannah Arendt, 1959 (via Sullivan).

p.s. Big congratulations to Mike and Dave (scroll down to the post titled "Front and center?" then work backwards), Mike and Aric, and other folk who now or soon are tying the knot legally!

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