Nicely done, Justice Kennedy.
  1. "The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity." p. 1-2.
    Incidentally, this line makes Scalia want to "hide [his] head in a bag." Fine by me, pal.
  2. "The nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own times. The generations that wrote & ratified the Bill of Rights & the 14th Amendment did not presume to know the extent of freedom in all its dimensions, [but] entrusted to future generations a charter protecting the right of all [] to enjoy liberty as we learn its meaning." p. 11
  3. "The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality. This is true for all persons, whatever their sexual orientation." p. 13.
    Scalia didn't like this one so much. He said: " would think Freedom of Intimacy is abridged rather than expanded by marriage. Ask the nearest hippie." He's ridiculous but admittedly this made me laugh for a second.
  4. "If rights were defined by who exercised them in the past, then received practices could serve as their own continued justification and new groups could not invoke rights once denied." p. 18.
  5. "Their plea is that they do respect [marriage], 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 civilizations oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right." - last paragraph.
    Full on sobbing at my desk.