Although we still have a long way to go, it would be hard not to draw the conclusion that February 2012 is the month that the walls came tumbling down and the march toward marriage equality in this country became unstoppable. In less than three weeks, here's what has happened.
President Barack Obama's admiration for Abraham Lincoln is well known. He even calls Lincoln his "favorite president." Both were confronted with the greatest civil rights issue of their generation. For Obama, it is gay rights and for Lincoln, it was the institution of slavery.
A week after a federal court rejected California's Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, another federal court issued a landmark ruling in favor of marriage equality. This time the law declared unconstitutional was the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
We must immediately stand together and stand up for our equal rights and demand the immediate and full repeal of DOMA, so that upstanding individuals, such as Allan Spyere, are not to face such dastardly consequences.
Pushing for same-sex partner recognition and family benefits in the military may appear to be a narrow goal in the wide scheme of LGBT issues, but military families are setting the stage for DOMA repeal, and same-sex marriage recognition in the military reclaims the term "family."
This week we mark the one-year anniversary since President Obama signed legislation enabling the repeal of DADT, and in that year, supporters of LGBT equality have been forced to defend the progress we've made at every step.
Across the country, Lambda Legal fought and won many key victories for LGBT people, people living with HIV, and their families. We're very proud of our accomplishments this year, which are summarized here.
Amanda Lucidon, an award-winning photojournalist, is the producer and director of The Legal Stranger Project, which documents, through a series of intimate personal stories, the great disparities encountered by lesbian and gay couples under DOMA.