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This past August, my uncle married his partner in a small ceremony at their home in New York. For me, the most powerful moment of the day was when the rabbi announced, to great acclaim by all, that she declared them wed “by the power vested in [her] by the state of New York.” Although Mitchell and Jonathan had celebrated their relationship several years earlier at a commitment ceremony with all of their friends and family, it had lacked the imprimatur of the state. In the days and weeks following their wedding, I gave much thought to the ways that love and law intertwined at the ceremony. Ultimately, it has impacted the way I think about our profession.

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