While most of Thomas’s dissent today is deeply misguided, I do think he makes an excellent point in Footnote 8:
The majority also suggests that marriage confers “nobility” on individuals. I am unsure what that means. People may choose to marry or not to marry. The decision to do so does not make one person more “noble” than another. And the suggestion that Americans who choose not to marry are inferior to those who decide to enter such relationships is specious.
I have found marriage happy and congenial myself. But the idea that my choice somehow makes me better than anyone else is indeed self-aggrandizing nonsense.
…Rebecca Traister has related thoughts.