Monday, June 24, 2013

And yet here we are.

No one should be in the position of waiting for a Supreme Court case to see if their bi-national husband or wife has to leave the country because they cannot get a visa. No one should have to be afraid of extra taxation as a lawfully-wedded widow or widower when they're retired, on a fixed income, and relying on their deceased partner's estate. 

Or have to endure extra expense and paperwork to ensure their children aren't taken from them when crossing state lines. 

How about collecting each others' Social Security benefits? Or having the option of being buried next to their husband or wife in a military cemetery?

Or even to decide if you're married or not, even though you were legally married in a state-sanctioned ceremony?

Yet here we are. The Supreme Court will release any day the decisions in the Prop 8 and DOMA cases. I'm certainly hoping they decide, not just on the right side of history, but on the right side of morality. After all, we are talking about your brother or sister, your gay children, your cousins or uncle or aunt, your coworker. This isn't just a "them" you can ignore anymore, it's your family and friends. 

I'm really hoping this is something good coming. 


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