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.
Huelskamp is going to continue to try and block same-sex marriages by amending the U.S. Constitution and introducing the Federal Marriage Amendment. Here's the most laughable part: Congressman Huelskamp's home state of Kansas isn't even backing him.
What is striking about the Windsor opinion is the way the court seems to understand why DOMA is an egregious violation of the constitution's equality guarantee. Words like "demean," "degrade," and "humiliation" do not appear often in Supreme Court opinions in reference to unconstitutional laws.
No, I was not as happy as many others in my community with the ruling from the Supreme Court on Prop 8; but not just because I'm a hater. I understand it's a victory, a battle won while the war rages. And that's what I'm most angry at: the way we are fighting the war.
The Supreme Court's ruling on Tuesday to lift Prop 8 in California means that now same-sex marriages can get all federal benefits that heterosexual marriages can. But it also means that we got a needed boost in the future emotional prosperity for all Americans.
Trans people are often married when they transition, so these rulings add comfort to knowing that the complicated politics of gendered identity will have less impact on their relationships, particularly when they dissolve or inheritance issues arise.
By simultaneously moving in opposite directions on fundamental principles of civil rights, this Court has torn a hole in our political fabric, and once again left the nation part equal and part unequal.
On this week's podcast, I take on the Paula Deen race scandal, the Outserve/SLDN ouster of Allyson Robinson, and the historic victories with DOMA and Prop 8.
I cried in the office. That has never happened before. I was on a conference call when I clicked the refresh button on my screen, and the reaction was involuntary. I pressed the mute button on my phone, closed the door and cried an ugly, snotty, guttural type of cry that is never not unattractive.
It's time to finish this for all of us who are stuck under the oppressive thumb of civil unions, domestic partnerships, and constitutional amendments that keep us apart from those who are married.
In the long term, the Republican Party may actually be the big winner, depending on which of three possible approaches they leverage.
Yesterday I thought about all the same-sex couples whose marriages I have officiated as a pastor. I thought about two friends who are welcoming twin boys in a few weeks. Their sons will never know a country that does not recognize their moms' marriage as equal.
Even more so does the court's other decisions based on a perception of equality under the law regarding race call out for justice, justice to be pursued. Only then can our nation safeguard dignity and liberty for all through the promise of "Equal Justice Under Law."
In the world premiere of PalmSpringsNow! on The SnowbizNow Entertainment Network, I bring you 100 percent of the speeches delivered in Palm Springs, Calif., on this historic day.
What does is matter if I can marry my girlfriend when our other brothers and sisters won't be able to vote? How can rights be granted to one part of my being while the rights to the other be curtailed? What sort of cruel hypocrisy is this?
In this exclusive audio broadcast, Rep. Pocan, the only current member of Congress who is both openly gay and married, talks about the future of gay marriage in this country and what Congress will do to expedite marriage equality in the 37 states that still discriminate against LGBT families.