Monday, December 10, 2012

Personal history

Today marriage equality officially began in the US state of Washington. That’s something to be celebrated, and many are celebrating that fact. But I want to celebrate, especially, the personal: Today, one of my dearest friends in the world was able to legally marry his husband.

One day, we will—in all 50 US States, New Zealand, Australia—look back and wonder why this was ever an issue. One day, as the opposition fades away, we will wonder how anyone could ever have stood in the way of love. One day, we will wonder why anyone could ever have had hearts made of the coldest stone.

But for now, for today, I just want to celebrate my friend, and how very happy I am for him. It is historic, yes, but it is also intensely personal, as loving same-gender couples in Washington are able to legally commit in marriage the same way their heterosexual friends and family members can. But, again, this isn’t just history, it’s personal—and it’s love.

My friend and his partner appear in this local news report, but out of respect for his privacy, I won’t say more than that. Well, no more than that and I’m so very happy for him!


Roger Owen Green said...

I'm waiting to see what Arthur has to say about what he thinks the Supreme Court is going to say about DOMA and Prop 8. I'm cautiously optimistic, since one of the underlying cases (noted by George Will on ABC News, no less) is clearly a violation of equal protection under the law. Don't know if they'll create marriage equality in the 50 states, but I suspect it'll be at least that people legally married in a jurisdiction should be entitled to the legal protection under the law for the tax benefits of marriage.

Arthur Schenck said...

Yeah, my thinking, too. I actually started a post on this, but with all I have to do, it just wasn't working. Soon!

amerinz's sis said...

Congratulations and best wishes to your best friend and his husband!!