A Heartfelt Thank-You: You fought for all of us and changed our lives

Equal Justice Under Law

Following the wonderful Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriage across the United States, my partner and I were legally married in our home state. It was a long-awaited, lovely day, and I want to take a moment to say THANK YOU to all of you out there who get what it truly means. Your support and understanding mean more than I can say.

Because it’s not just about being able to state that “We’re married.” It’s about survivor benefits, next-of-kin status, legal status to your spouse’s children, access to medical coverage and disability, ability to take family leave to care for an ill spouse, inheriting your spouse’s estate, and the list goes on and on and on. Over 1100 rights and privileges granted to married couples in the US.

No more living in fear because you are merely roommates with the love of your life. Now that person is legally “your person.” No one can deny you access and information. You can be with your sick partner (or even claim their body if they’ve passed). You can make decisions as their spouse. You can more easily share finances and health coverage. You can be a family in the eyes of the government.

Thank you to all of the supporters of LGBT rights, to the Supreme Court justices who voted in our favor, and to Jim Obergefell, my fellow Ohioan. You fought for all of us and changed our lives. Thank you!

Video I Love: Marry Me

God I LOVE this one. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s so worth a few minutes of your time.

If you can’t see the embedded video, you can view here: marry me from elvisdifazio on Vimeo.

Video I Love: Mr. Duckett and Dr. Jones

I absolutely adore this…

You can watch the video on YouTube here.


Video I Love: Our Gay Love Story So Far…

How anyone can watch this video and not see a beautiful, loving family deserving of respect and the same rights as any other family is beyond me.

Quote From My Life: Words Matter

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It’s been a long week. Maybe the lack of sleep is getting to me, or maybe I’m just feeling the need to vent a little. In either case, here’s one from my own life today.

“When your partner’s mom is in a serious car crash, is taken by helicopter to the hospital, has a 14 hour surgery, and is in the ICU, you are reminded how important the words “spouse” and “mother-in-law” are and how much it sucks when you can’t legally use them.”

– Sloan Parker