We're lucky enough to live in a state that allows same-sex marriages (new law as of 7/24/11) and has recognized them from other states for even longer (in May 2008 the governor ordered NY courts to recognize marriages from other states) but sadly, only 8 other states recognize our marriage (and a few more recognize our union, but not equal to a marriage).
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But this Tuesday and Wednesday, cases will come to the Supreme Court that could potentially change all of this. Tuesday, the California Prop 8 cases will come to review (whether or not the state can ban gay marriages on a state level) and on Wednesday the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) will come to review, to see if it is constitutional to prevent same-sex marriages on a federal level. The Prop 8 case probably won't affect us on a personal level, since our state HASN'T put a ban on marriages, but the DOMA case could potentially renew our FEDERAL level rights that we are entitled to and ensure that if we travelled or relocated to a different state, that our marriage would remain intact, no matter where we went. My marriage is no less valid than yours (or yours or yours) no matter where we go!
These are both huge steps in the progress for equality. And I'm also proud to say that we finally have a president supporting the cause. This is an important week.
I do believe that we will see equality in our lifetime. It's an exciting time in history. I can't imagine a world with slavery, or where interracial marriage is prohibited, or where women can't vote. And I hope for a world for my children and grandchildren where they can't imagine being told who you can and can't marry and which citizens are denied equal rights. Sadly, I predict that neither of these court cases will go well this week. But that doesn't mean I can't hope!
Human Rights Campaign is hosting a rally in Washington DC and a "Wear Red for Marriage Equality" campaign this week. On this Tuesday and Wednesday, I will dress my kids in red to symbolize our hope for an Equal America. If you are also a Supporter of Equality, WEAR RED this Tuesday/Wednesday to show your support, and when people ask you "why is your family wearing red", take the time to explain about the important events of this week.
Please SEND ME PHOTOS of your family in red this week! Show your support for MY Lil Family and support for equality - I'd love to see and share your photos! Email a pic to LilFamilyBlog @ gmail.com and at the end of the week, I'll make a collage of all of the "Friends of Lil Family Blog" that wore red for us this week!
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