Wednesday, August 04, 2010


Today we will hear the verdict on Perry vs. Schwarzenegger, better known as the Prop 8 trial. Today we'll see if it's okay for the majority to determine the rights of the minority. And regardless of the outcome, today we'll see a landmark case for marriage equality take its final steps toward the U.S. Supreme Court.

I have a lot of thoughts swirling around in my brain today. My wedding day was one of the happiest days of my life and my marriage is incredibly important to me. The idea of being unable to have my relationship with my husband recognized by my country -- I can't even begin to conceive of the pain that would cause me.

My friends deserve equality. They deserve to have their relationships recognized and legitimized. They deserve the right to grow old with someone they love. To raise a family with their spouse. To have what I have.

I wish I had something eloquent to say here today, but I just don't. So I'll let others speak for me. Please take a moment to listen to their voices.

Mildred Loving on gay marriage:
Surrounded as I am now by wonderful children and grandchildren, not a day goes by that I don't think of Richard and our love, our right to marry, and how much it meant to me to have that freedom to marry the person precious to me, even if others thought he was the "wrong kind of person" for me to marry. I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry. Government has no business imposing some people's religious beliefs over others. Especially if it denies people civil rights.

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