Thursday, May 17, 2007

Thank You

On May 17th 2004, thousands of people were finally allowed full citizenship in the state of Massachusetts. The amazing efforts by GLAD, willing persistence of seven plaintiff couples, and thousands of supporters came to fruition that day.

Thousands of gay and lesbian couples got married.

I was legally married on November 13th, 2004.

It was a great party.

I want to thank GLAD, Mary Bonauto, Hillary and Julie Goodridge, David Wilson and Robert Compton, Gloria Bailey and Linda Davies, Gary Chalmers and Rich Linnell, Heidi and Gina Nortonsmith, Maureen Brodoff and Ellen Wade, and Mike Horgan and Ed Balmelli for being more courageous and dedicated than I was at the time.

I never believed it could happen in my lifetime.

They did. Not only did they believe, they demanded it happen.

Thank you.


Blogger John said...

How do gay and lesbian people maintain their sanity?

In Goodridge, you finally win a simple, funadamental acknowledgement that your relationships are worthy of due respect, and you have to listen for years as people who don't even know what they're talking about, run around the state and nation demanding some right to veto power over your most cherished relationships.

If I had to fight these stakes day in and day out for years on end, I would surely go insane.

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Blogger Sara said...

because if people can stay focused on GAY MARRIAGE they lose focus on the war, on the level of debt this country is in, on public education, on special interest dollars...

where I believe we should be focused.

but like abortion rights? the fight never ends. ever. why?

full circle- keeps people focused on anything but the real issues facing them today.

we are a country prone to rhetoric and fire. we crave it with drive thru fast food, sound bite political campaigns and flashy cars that go zero to sixty in three seconds.

as if we're legally allowed to go zero to sixty in three seconds.

maybe it's our history of religious fanatics on the Mayflower, but we love being preached to from the pulpit.

any pulpit.

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