Language From Gay-Marriage Court Ruling Popular At Straight Weddings


In this week’s New York magazine, writer (and former Philly magger!) Sasha Issenberg pens an article about how language from Goodridge v. The Department of Public Health, the 2003 landmark Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court case that first legalized gay marriage in this country, has become increasingly popular as a sort of wedding reading during heterosexual couple’s secular ceremonies.

The now oft-quoted phrasing from the court’s decision reads: “Civil marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family … Because it fulfills yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, civil marriage is an esteemed institution, and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition.”

Seems there are many couples out there—especially those who want to add oomph and meaning and eloquence to their ceremony without any religious involvement—who are finding the words really resonate with their idea of marriage, and are finding various ways to work it into their day.

You can hear those couples’ stories, and read more about it here.

Anyone out there have plans to use this piece of writing already—or who would, after having it called to your attention?

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