June 28, 2014

Do You Believe?

Historic DOMA/Prop 8 Rally
We were ecstatic to be a part of DOMA/Prop 8 Rally on Christopher Street last year. It was a most unforgettable day for all of us in NYC. The rally was held outside of The Stonewall Inn - the landmark bar where The Gay Rights Movement began. Edith Windsor (the lesbian who took on DOMA) gave a powerfully touching speech as the crowd cheered. Love was in the air on this hot, humid historic day. The streets were filled with a diverse crowd celebrating with signs, flags, big smiles, hugs and tears. There were news reporters, photographers and a sea of people from all over who wanted to experience and relish this special moment. Everybody was OUT in the streets!

If you're unable to view the video below, please click on this link: DOMA/Prop 8 Rally at Stonewall NYC

It's ironic for us that The Marriage Equality Act was passed in New York when we were in California and that California's Prop 8 was struck down when we were in NYC ! What's that about?

Outside of The Stonewall Inn
Either way, the fact remains that DOMA was overturned on Wednesday 6/26/13 and that it was a federal ruling. We are now "all equal" - so why don't I believe it? It's one year later and even though Marriage Equality has passed in several other States, there are still haters out there.

local newspaper called to ask us for a reaction to the ruling for their story. I said "... it took a long time for people to realize that the world wasn't flat too... we are finally just 'as good' as everyone else..."

The Rally on Christopher Street
How great that the decision happened to coincide with NYC's Gay Pride celebration and what an extra special celebration it was for all of us. How perfect that Cher (one of the gayest icons)  performed at the NYC Pride Dance on the Pier. So yes, Cher I guess I do "Believe".

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