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The Fight for Equality

My two friends (to the left of the bride) joined this group of people who were making a caravan across the United States to Washington, DC, to speak with people about the need for same sex marriage. My friends have been together 30 years and have raised four children together, yet are still legal strangers to each other.


They made about 8 different stops across the country, including places like Salt Lake City and places in the mid-west. They found only interest, support, and politeness wherever they went. They ended the trip with a rally in D.C., which was broadcast on Cable TV.


Will it make a difference? probably not, but some of the stories were heartbreaking--like the woman who must choose between the woman she loves and her family, since her girlfriend is not a citizen and can't get citizenship, as she would have if she were a spouse. The one that got me was the woman who admitted she was a lesbian after more than 10 years as a military officer, serving her country with distinction in two different conflicts. After her admission, she was dismissed and will lose all of her benefits. Then there was the woman whose partner of more than 20 years died, and who was denied the right to make funeral arrangements for her because she wasn't considered "family."


Sometimes people don't realize the kinds of situations that arise when people are not allowed to legally marry the person whom they love and to whom they have made a life commitment

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Taken on October 3, 2004