The Year of Moving Forward

The Year of Moving Forward
At our 4 person wedding reception in DC

Monday, May 12, 2008

The Big Wedding

No, not the one in Crawford Texas, even though Jenna Bush and Henry Hager's nuptials are worth noting, if only because we know the real reason Jenna decided not to have the wedding at the White House. Here is the happy couple in a photo from thefirsttwins , where you can link to other photos.

The president: "The weather cooperated nicely. Just as the vows were exchanged, the sun set over our lake and it was just a special day and a wonderful day and we're mighty blessed."

Nice. But the BIG event, seen by millions last night, was Kevin and Scotty's wedding.

A simple affair, and no one was struck down and a flood did not wash them away or anything. The "Brothers and Sisters" couple now can enjoy the 1100 benefits and responsibilities afforded by federal and state laws that straight couples can enjoy with a simple (or not so simple...just ask Jenna) ceremony. Including insurance for spouses, hospital visitation rights, inheritance rights, parenting rights...things that many people take for granted and don't realize that other couples can not enjoy.

Civil unions, domestic partnerships, marriage, it doesn't matter what it is called, what matters is that everyone is treated equally and certain people (or couples) do not have rights denied to them that are enjoyed by others.

Jenna Bush and her twin sister Barbara probably understand this even though their father doesn't. Remember in 2004 they were invited to attend the wedding of their celebrity eyebrow waxer, Elizabeth Arden make-up artist Erwin Gomez and his partner James Packard in Laytonsville, Maryland.

Oh well, if people can get over whatever reasons they are currently giving when they say they will not vote for the eventual democratic nominee in the November election, and instead look at how important the issues of the economy, the war, health care, the environment and our reputation in the world are, and cast a vote for the Democratic nominee, then we might begin to make progress toward becoming a nation of equality.
By the way, (at least) one of the actors in Brothers and Sisters who just tied the knot really is gay, as he let us know recently. Read it here.

Addendum: Actually Kevin and Scotty will not enjoy the 1100 or so benefits that married couples are privileged to, because their marriage is still not recognized by the federal government (or the state in which they were married). Ahhh, but one can dream, can't one.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes, one can dream for all they want. It's something they can't ever take away.