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I thought my heart had too much scar tissue, and I could live my life well enough with just friendship and occasional sexual encounters or dates.Getting married is often the hinge on which every family generation swings open. You can have as many debates about gay marriage as you want, and over the last 22 years of campaigning for it, I’ve had my share.In my small-town life, it was far more important than money or a career or fame. “In everyone there sleeps/A sense of life lived according to love,” as the poet Philip Larkin put it, as well as the fear of never being loved. You can debate theology, and the divide between church and state, the issue of procreation, the red herring of polygamy, and on and on.Never for a moment did I actually feel or truly believe any of this was wrong, let alone an “intrinsic evil,” as my strict Catholicism told me that it was.It was so natural, so spontaneous, so joyous, it could no more be wrong than breathing. And that is why marriage equality is, to my mind, the distillation of America. Supreme Court has upheld the right to marry for everyone, citizen or even traveler, as a core, inalienable right, bestowed by the Declaration of Independence itself.