The Supreme Court Has Ruled On Gay Marriage, And These Couples Couldn’t Be Happier.

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It’s official: In a landmark opinion, the Supreme Court has just ruled that states cannot ban same-sex married. The ruling establishes a new civil rights, and it’s a tremendous victory for equality that has been a long time coming.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote about the ruling, saying:

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than they once were.”

To commemorate this occasion, take a look at these beautiful photographs of same-sex couples who have already had the chance to get married in their states – along with some of our favorite quotes about love. This is truly a day where love wins, and the thought of it will bring a tear to your eye if it hasn’t already.

“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.” ~ Judge Anthony Kennedy

"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." ~ Judge Anthony Kennedy

Pete Marovich

“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person” ~Mignon McLaughlin

"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person" ~Mignon McLaughlin

Derek Chad

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ~ Dr. Seuss

“You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ~ Dr. Seuss

Carla Ten Eyck

“Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.”~ Ann Landers

"Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses."~ Ann Landers

Levi Syolove

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” ~Oscar Wilde

"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead." ~Oscar Wilde

Holman

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~Lao Tzu

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." ~Lao Tzu

Adonis Kekidakis

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” ~Aristotle

"Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies." ~Aristotle

Adeline and Grace

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” ~Audrey Hepburn

"The best thing to hold onto in life is each other." ~Audrey Hepburn

Love Me Do Photography

“Love doesn’t make the world go ’round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” ~Franklin P. Jones

"Love doesn't make the world go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile." ~Franklin P. Jones

“Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.” ~Bruce Lee

"Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable." ~Bruce Lee

Thompson Photography

“Love is when he gives you a piece of your soul, that you never knew was missing.” ~Torquato Tasso

"Love is when he gives you a piece of your soul, that you never knew was missing." ~Torquato Tasso

Maypole Studios

“Kindness makes all things possible… love makes all things easy.” ~Dwight L. Moody

"Kindness makes all things possible... love makes all things easy." ~Dwight L. Moody

Mi Amore Foto

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” ~Henry Van Dyke

"Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity." ~Henry Van Dyke

Beth Photography

“Love is a game that two can play and both win.” ~Eva Gabor

"Love is a game that two can play and both win." ~Eva Gabor

Laura Ivanova Photography

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.” ~Henry David Thoreau

"There is no remedy for love but to love more." ~Henry David Thoreau

Karina Pires Photography

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction." ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Blue Hills Photography

“Love… it surrounds every being and extends slowly to embrace all that shall be.” ~Khalil Gibran

"Love... it surrounds every being and extends slowly to embrace all that shall be." ~Khalil Gibran

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