Sadly, for many couples the celebration was short lived. Despite the court's ruling, many binational couples still cannot legally stay together in America. Why? Because the discriminatory legal treatment we faced in the decades before U.S. v. Windsor haunts us still.
Americans hold dear the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But for gay people trapped in the closet under fear of losing their jobs, life offers anything but liberty and happiness.
Why, not even 24 hours after the most powerful man in the free world mentioned the Stonewall riots and gay rights in his inaugural speech, did some people come down with a crippling case of selective amnesia and focus on the alleged lip-syncing of a disco diva?
Several have noted the president's unapologetic tone in his second inaugural address. With the whole world watching, it was a call to action to end discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans. For that we can be proud. I know I am.