Though Kathy and I have been building a life together for 22 years, we cannot marry in our home state -- the state where I was born, and where I serve in Houston's highest office. Texas, like 40 other states, does not allow same-sex couples to marry.
It's not every day that a rich girl from one of the most segregated enclaves in Texas grows up to be a divorce lawyer with a husband, three kids, and a passion to make sure that gay people have rights, too.
As we strolled side by side across the restaurant's muddy parking lot, my fiancé threw his arm over my shoulders and pulled me in for a squeeze. Instinct made me want to shove him away from me. Why did I -- even if only for a moment -- feel such terror?