Today is a pretty big day. In fact, so is tomorrow. And no, neither day has anything to do with me getting pregnant. But both days have a whole lot to do with what type of country my future children will grow up in. It will either be a country that does not recognize their two mothers as a legally married and committed couple who deserve the same rights as all married couples. Or my children will grow up in a country that says to their mothers, “Yes, you are full and true citizens of the United States of America and, therefore, deserve every right your fellow Americans enjoy.”
Needless to say, I’m hoping for the latter.
Proposition 8 (commonly known as Prop 8) is before the United States Supreme Court today, and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has its day tomorrow. It has taken years to get here. And now, the constitutionality of the ballot referendum from California and of DOMA is being challenged in the highest court in our country. The question is a simple one that has absolutely nothing to do with religion and everything to do with the Constitution of this country: Does Prop 8 and DOMA unconstitutionally discriminates against gays and lesbians? The answer is also simple: Yes.
But the matter is far from a simple one.
With Supreme Court Justices like Antonin Scalia sitting on the bench and admitting that he has a “longstanding and profound fear of homosexuals [but that he] puts all feelings of abhorrence, disgust, and revulsion completely out of [his] mind” while in the courtroom, you can see why I – and gays and lesbians across the country and world – are nervous this week. (Okay, so that source is a satirical one and those weren’t actually his words, but his history on the issue is a dismal one nonetheless.)
Our rights as citizens hang in the balance. And since, according to the Census Bureau, same-sex couples in this country are raising nearly 250,000 children, this issue affects our kids, too.
Since many people may not fully understand exactly how DOMA negatively affects families like mine, I thought now would be a great time to shed some light on the subject. Enjoy the following facts, as well as the photos of my wife and me. Hard to believe we are what Justice Scalia is so afraid of…
“Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.” ~Robert Ingersoll
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