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.
Wednesday night, people all over the United States celebrated the historic Supreme Court decisions to give federal protections to all legally married couples and to return marriage equality to California.
As the old legal maxim reminds us, justice delayed is justice denied. For each day that DOMA was permitted to remain in existence and to codify blatant discrimination against same-sex couples, justice was denied.
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.
I "married" Chrissy Heyne on March 28, 2012, after almost three years together. We have two amazing children, Jonas and Ruby, who keep us busy, happy, and challenged. You may wonder why I put the word "married" in quotation marks.
If we keep on using God's teachings to justify and elevate ourselves, we will keep on storing up His wrath. What we need to do when we open the Bible is search for Jesus and ask Him to convict us of any sin that keeps us from loving like He loves.
On June 26, 1971, my parent's marriage was federally recognized. It was their wedding day and they are a heterosexual couple, so there was no question. Exactly 42 years later on June 26, 2013, my marriage is now federally recognized.
Tomorrow a big court -- the biggest court in the land -- is going to decide to see if it's okay for me to get married. Isn't that weird? I think it's weird, too. I remember how much fun it was to be at your mom and dad's wedding, and I'm hoping we can have another big party like that for me.
This morning, the Supreme Court extended civil rights to lesbian and gay couples by overturning Section 3 of DOMA (which defined marriage as male-female dyads for federal purposes), and (basically) overturning Proposition 8.
As Catholics, we can and ought to celebrate committed relationships of love between persons. We can and ought to celebrate life-giving relationships of love, physically, emotionally and spiritually between two people.
In the end, the Supreme Court today struck down a 1996 federal law that is considered one of the most odious, discriminatory federal laws in existence. It's rare for the court to invalidate a federal law, and even rarer when the law was passed by wide majorities.