E and I had our first date exactly 7 years ago. And even though it went really well and we both knew we wanted to see each other again, neither of us would ever have predicted that 7 years later, we’d be sitting in church together, celebrating the fact that our federal government now recognizes our marriage.
We’re still pretty stunned and find it hard to believe that the Supreme Court decision is real. It’s not just having spent the last 3 years in a “skim milk” marriage, as Justice Sotomayor called the second-class legal status. It’s not just having spent 7 years together, making sure we’ve got all our health-care proxies and paperwork in order, just in case. Maybe it’s having spent 25+ years, including our entire adult lives, knowing that although the Declaration of Independence affirms:
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.
our own pursuit of happiness with a life partner would emphatically not be treated equally.
What a change in these last decades, years, and days!