On midnight, December 29, 2012 gay marriages began in great state of Maine. In the November election, 3 states, for the first time ever, voted for marriage equality. The citizens voted for the rights of people to marry the person they love, regardless of their gender. True equality now exists.
It is just the beginning. While loving gay and lesbian couples can marry in 10 states, they still don’t have equal rights. DOMA is still the law of the land and there are still 31 states that explicitly outlaw same-sex marriage. Those who oppose it fear it threatens the “traditional” family or “traditional” marriage. Frankly, I don’t feel threatened at all. In fact, just the opposite. When two loving people commit to spend their lives together, to take care of each other, to be there for each other, I feel that strengthens my relationship. It affirms the commitment I made to my husband almost 33 years ago.
Today, I celebrate with the gay and lesbian couples who are marrying in Maine. I congratulate you and wish you long and happy lives together. And when your celebration is over and you get back to your regular lives, don’t forget that the fight is not yet over. We must all fight for the rights of gay and lesbian couples to marry wherever they live and to have all the same rights and privileges the rest of us enjoy. Until that happens, as sweet as this victory is, it is only a drop in the bucket.
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