While I'll certainly benefit from this change in policy, for bi-national GLBT couples, DOMA's repeal not only legalizes their relationships, but also makes them able to legally live in the same country together. Even immigration reform would not have had this impact on GLBT immigrants.
DOMA's repeal won't change everyone's minds. But my wife and I don't need everyone to agree with our marriage. In fact we don't need everyone to view us as equal people (though it would be nice). What we do need -- and deserve -- is equality and protection from our federal government.
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.