|Tony London and Tim Bostic check their marriage license out. Photo from the Virginian Pilot.|
You might have heard about a US Supreme Court decision this morning. The Court decided not hear gay marriage cases, which means marriage equality has now come to a handful of additional states and perhaps even more. Before the news had gotten around, couple were getting ready to get married in Virginia. By the time I had a chance to get to my blog site, many couples had married in Virginia and even in Colorado, which has been indirectly affected by the ruling as we are one of the states that is part of the US Court of Appeals for the 10th District, which lifted its stay on marriages right after the ruling.
Whew! I apologize for the run-on sentence. This is an incredible day to me. It has honestly been difficult to not shed tears. Of joy, of course.
This morning Colorado's Attorney General told all 64 county clerks to get ready to issue licenses. As of right now, two counties have begun. They decided not to wait.
All of the marriages that occurred in Utah last year but then held up until a Supreme Court ruling are now legal.
The plaintiffs in the Virginia case married in Norfolk just a couple of hours ago. They were the first to marry in Norfolk, my home town.
I am ecstatic.
Yet marriage equality is not law in every state. This was not a ruling making equality the law of the land. Many still cannot marry. Yet.
So please keep speaking out for marriage equality. Please keep fighting against bigotry, in any and every form.
Those who hate gay people and those who are against marriage equality won't stop fighting. Nor can we.
With elections coming up it is especially important to vote for candidates who support equal right and equal marriage. Vote!
Now it's time to go celebrate with Mike.
Thanks for reading.