From the editorial board of the Arizona Republic:
Marriage equality can sound like a political cause. It’s been the subject of intense courtroom drama. But to Beverly Sevcik and Mary Baranovich, it’s personal. It’s about whether the Constitution protects their individual rights. That’s why it is welcome news that the U.S. Supreme Court may be preparing to bring down the gavel on discriminatory laws. It’s time the Supreme Court provided justice and clarity. Sevcik and Baranovich have been together for 42 years, and they told reporters they’d like a set of matching rings and official recognition of their commitment to each other.
Their wish to have the state give their love the same respect, dignity and legal recognition it gives “traditional” married couples is, as Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha S. Berzon said this week, a train that “has left the station.” Eventually laws that define marriage as purely a heterosexual privilege will be swept away. It is wrong to write discrimination into law. But timing matters. Sevcik is 76 and Baranovich is 78. To them — and many, many other couples like them — this is more than a legal or philosophical argument. It’s central to their lives. They need the Supreme Court to speak up for their individual constitutional rights.