“equal dignity in the eyes of the law”

“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.” — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority
columbus ohio engagement photographer The Supreme Court decision for same-sex marriage was made in June.  In July, I received an email from these two – two women I have come to know through the years photographing their family – Dana’s daughter’s wedding, their grand kids, even the whole big family a few years back right in this same back yard.  columbus ohio engagement photographer One of the arguments given in dissent of the ruling was that “Same-sex couples remain free to live together, to engage in intimate conduct, and to raise their families as they see fit. No one is ‘condemned to live in loneliness’ by the laws challenged in these cases—no one.” – Chief Justice John Robertscolumbus ohio engagement photographer I beg to differ.  After being in a committed relationship for many years, these two chose to celebrate with a wedding only once it was legal in the eyes of the law.  That part is important to them.  columbus ohio engagement photographer While they surely weren’t “living in loneliness” (they are surrounded with love and good friends and family), they were still excluded from the right to marry.   And you know what?  No fair.columbus ohio engagement photographer But now.  Now it is finally legal, and they will have a beautiful, intimate celebration of their love next spring.  Cheers to that!columbus ohio engagement photographer They make each other laugh, and they hold each other up when times get rough.  That is love.  A love worth celebrating.  columbus ohio engagement photographer And also.  Can we just take a second to talk about this yard of theirs?  It’s lovely!  You’d think this whole session took place at a special garden or something.  Nope, it’s their back yard.  When I asked them what they’d like to do for their session and where they’d like to go, their response was, “Here.  It’s who we are.”  columbus ohio engagement photographer They spend their days in their own little paradise – gardening, having a drink by the pool, playing with the pups.  columbus ohio engagement photographer It’s a good, good life.  And while marriage won’t make any wild waves of change in their day-to-day, it sure is wonderful that they can finally participate in it equally.  columbus ohio engagement photographerLots of joy for these two as they celebrate years of love!

Check out Dana’s daughter’s wedding here!

12 thoughts on ““equal dignity in the eyes of the law”

  1. How beautiful! I really love portraits taken at a family home – they are just that much more meaningful! It’s wonderful that these two will soon be able to be legally married – something that has taken far too long! I can’t wait to see the wedding pictures!

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  2. Oh, this made my heart so happy! What a beautiful and important post. Such touching, wonderful moments as shared through your lens. Love. It’s right there. You can see it. And feel it. Beautifully done, Sarah!

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  3. Pingback: They waited twenty years for this… | sarah gee photography

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