Though Justice Samuel Alito may think that our marriages and, by extension, our relationships are “newer than cellphones or The Internet”, this photo shows that our commitments have been happening since Justice Alito was barely entering law school himself. From The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History:
Edna Knowles, on the left, and Peaches Stevens were wed in Liz’s Mark III Lounge, a gay bar on the South Side of Chicago, “before a host of friends and well wishers.” The article ended by noting, “although the duo has a type of ‘marriage license’ in their possession, the state’s official marriage license bureau reported it had no record of their license.” This ending serves to remind Jet readers that Knowles and Stevens’ union was not legitimate in the eyes of the state, as does the use of quotes around the word “married” in the headline.
However, decades prior to this bold public display of queer affection, African American female couples in New York strategized alternative ways to obtain marriage licenses in the 1920s and 30s:
A little tid-bit of history for you and Justice Alito, the first mobile phone call was in 1946, still a good 15-25 years after the what the above paragraph notes.