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Self-evident Equality

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

The overturning of Proposition 8 and other legal successes to grant same-sex couples the same rights as different-sex couples are one more step toward the fulfillment of the grand promise and vision that our Ancestors/Founding Fathers and Mothers ascribed to.

I have been struggling with how to put into words how deeply I feel it when another state takes a stand for this equality. It hits my family in an intensely personal way. My father, who died 10 years ago, lived a life of shame and depression, which would have been ameliorated by the social acceptance heralded by legalizing same-sex marriage. Choices would have been available to him that were not.

When I look at same-sex couples getting married today, I see people who are pursuing their American dream of life, liberty, and happiness with the people they choose, the people who they are called to in the deepest level of the heart.

This can only strengthen our society, our connections with each other. Same-sex marriage makes for stronger families and happier people overall.

On Monday, I’m going to the District courthouse to register as a legal wedding officiant in DC. I could’ve done this 5 years ago, but the paperwork never seemed worth it. Now, I have two very good reasons — two same-sex couples have asked me to perform their ceremonies for them.  How could I say “no” when I am so honored and humbled to do such a service?