We think it's time that Obama use his authority to demonstrate that the federal government will finally begin to offer LGBT Americans equal treatment under the law by enacting executive orders, amending existing ones and promoting legislation that sets a government-wide precedent for equality.
Four years later, we are still married in California, along with the 18,000 same-sex couples who squeaked in before Prop 8 passed, but we are still seen as single by the feds, thanks to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). But hallelujah: Change is afoot!
What today's senators need to know is that voting to ensure that all Americans enjoy the same rights does not require so much courage -- the American people are already ahead of them on these issues. Recent elections made that clear.
The actual legislative road forward may be difficult in the immediate future, but there is reason to celebrate the vote and what it means for the shifting political landscape of full marriage equality.
If the federal government recognized same-sex marriage, when I or my partner died, the other would get health benefits, his partner's social security and a big break on inheritance taxes. But we undoubtedly won't be alive when that happens.
As the Senate Judiciary Committee begins debate on the Respect for Marriage Act on Capitol Hill, our nation takes a much-needed step toward making liberty and justice for all not just a pledge but a reality.
In case the majority of Americans who say they support marriage equality wasn't convincing enough for repealing DOMA, 70 of the nation's leading businesses and organizations are adding their voice to the growing chorus.
It is a sad irony that DADT's demise has allowed LGB service members to serve their country openly, yet their same-sex spouses who are federal employees can be denied the ability to use FMLA time to take part in family support services.