This week, America took another step on the path leading to a more perfect union -- while demonstrating that it's a journey that proceeds in fits and starts. On Tuesday, a divided Supreme Court took the nation backwards by striking down a crucial section of the Voting Rights Act. The very next day, the equally divided high court moved us forward by striking down the Defense of Marriage Act. This ruling wasn't a victory just for gay Americans -- just as Tuesday's decision wasn't a defeat just for minority voters. When our nation's policies move us towards our founding ideals, it's a victory for all Americans. Speaking of victories, this week's dramatic filibuster by Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis, which blocked an extreme anti-choice bill, demonstrated that the spirit needed to keep making our union more perfect is alive and well -- and also marked the birth of new political star. #StandWithWendy #PinkSneakersRule
This is what equality looks like: a just-released memo from the Office of Personnel Management granting equal benefits to all federal employees, ending the marital exclusion system that granted health insurance, life insurance and survivor's benefits and legions of federally protected rights to some -- not all -- marriages.
Even while I'm reassuring my son this is a win, doubt whispers, "Really? This is it? What's the catch?" My marriage rights have been toyed with so many times over the past nine years, it's hard to believe someone won't pop up yelling, "Ha! Just kidding!" and send us back to the ballot box to start the fight again.