Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Marriage Comes to D.C.

Today is the first day of the end to a long wait for many gay couples in D.C. as the first of many soon to be "spouse and spouse" make their way to legally wedded bliss. It's been a long road for the many couples who have endured a long fight to having their relationships sanctioned as equal to any heterosexual couple. The fight has not been an easy one, but with the help of those like activist Michael Crawford (@dmcrawford) Director of New Media for http://www.freedomtomarry.org/and many of my other fellow activists,it is one less hurdle in the fight for equality. I'm sure the countless couples who are marrying each other extend a heartfelt thanks to David Catania and the other Members of The D.C. Council , as well as to Mayor Adrian Fenty who signed The bill into law in December.What began as a small uprising at The Stonewall Inn on June 27Th, 1969 has for D.C. at least, culminated in a throng of delighted gay couples saying a resounding "I DO".

This day will surely be marked by many as a day which turned the tide of intolerance and inequality to one of social justice and perseverance. Although this is but one of what I know will be many victories for the LGBT community, let us not forget that D.C. although not a State, joins Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont in legally marrying gays. There is still the outcome of Proposition 8 in California (which overturned the rights of Gays to marry by referendum) and the repeal of "Don't ask Don't Tell" in the military. While there are undoubtedly other hurdles as well, this day brings with it at least another measure of hope. My congratulations to all whose hearts are filled with joy in their special moment.

It is a sweet day indeed!

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