What does it feel like to be like everyone else? As I write this, I can hear my daughter Clara squealing from her high chair in the kitchen as Papá -- who can now become a citizen because I can sponsor him -- tells her not to plaster herself with yogurt.
I remain hopeful that further progressive change is not far beyond our reach. Let us celebrate today but continue to fight for a brighter tomorrow. Do not lose sight of the struggles for equality and justice that persist. We will bring light to places still living in fear, hate, and ignorance.
If our society denies rights to the poorest and most disadvantaged among us, and sets up structures that privilege the already-privileged, we will become less -- not more -- willing and able to take on the global fight against carbon pollution.
I admit I scan the comments section -- and I will reply if it's intelligent and appropriate. But a lot of fellow writers refuse to read the comments. There are t-shirts that say "never read the comments." Today, it's easy to see why.
The state doesn't create family bonds, it merely recognizes them. The actual growing and shaping and raising and conceiving and loving and defending -- all of that is what makes us family. And those choices are ours to make together and for each other, because that's what family means.
Some will argue that the Supreme Court did not go far enough. Others will celebrate their action as right and just. Some will predict the end of the world and the destruction of the United States of America for having sold its soul in order to meet the demands of a "gay agenda."
The U.S. Supreme Court rulings today are a testimony to the ways time and personal stories change our understanding. The decisions are part of an ongoing narrative of change in the movement for justice.
I am gay. And everyone wants me to be happy today, as I sit in my Long Beach, Calif., home. The Supreme Court has ruled on two "landmark" gay cases and victory is being claimed. Funny, I don't feel like I won anything.
In 1999, we were only two gay men, one lesbian and one straight guy. We founded Marriage Equality California to fight against the Knight Initiative (later Proposition 22), a plan by a California state legislator to put on the ballot an initiative to prevent his own son from marrying.