I just read that George Takei and his partner of 21 year, Brad Altman, were the first couple ever to get their marriage license in West Hollywood today! Hurray and congratulations to George and Brad, and to all of the people in California who are finally able to legalize their relationships. This is such a great day for human rights, and for the rights of all people who love each other to have the same priveleges that marriage brings: the right to visit your partner in the hospital; to make decisions involving their healthcare when they are unable to; the right to stay in the house you shared together after your loved one passes on; the right to share custody in the children you raise with this person should your relationship change and you go your separate ways; the right to stay in the country if you are married to a citizen; the opportunity to have health insurance under your spouse's employer.
I was just telling the Budgie this morning that I really hope, in my lifetime, I am here to see us look upon this day as a day we came to our senses in this country, and that we look back on the people who would prevent marriage rights for all Americans with the same sort of pity and scorn that we reserve for those who still say that interracial marriage is wrong. What an incredibly silly outlook, and how hurtful for so many people it has been. But first Massachusetts came to their senses. Now California. And I am thrilled for all of you out there who finally have the option to marry your love, and protect and nurture them to the end of your days. Now let's get to work repealing the very silly 1996 "Defense of Marriage Act" that those fools in Congress passed. Really. If your marriage is so fragile that a few gay weddings threaten it, maybe you need to take a harder look at your own life, and leave the rest of the population alone.
For now, I am just happy for George and Brad, and for all of the loving, committed couples who are finally able to celebrate their relationships equally with the rest of the country. Happy Marriage Day!
I wonder if we can make this a federal holiday someday?