Generally, I don’t post twice in a day. Especially on Feminist Fridays.
But today is no ordinary day.
Today, after a long, long wait, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on marriage equality.
There are happy tears in my office—and I imagine there are happy tears in a lot of other places, too. My dear friends, who have fought so hard, are on their way to volunteer their time and crafts to hold ceremonies and photograph the newly married couples. The decision is a thing of beauty.
All I can hear are the words from Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous 1962 “I Have a Dream Speech,” its closing lines.
And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.
And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.
But not only that:
Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
Free at last! Free at last!
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!