Then I heard my phone buzz... buzz... I awoke from my slumber, half out-of-it I automatically reached for my phone. It was a news text coming through... I rolled over and looked at the screen. I couldn't believe what I saw. DOMA was overturned by the Supreme Court and deemed unconstitutional!
What is DOMA? Well, I wasn't 100% sure right away what that meant either... but when I clicked on the text and opened up the news article I realized what had just occurred... the Defense of Marriage Act defining a married couple as exclusively between a man and a woman had been deemed discriminatory.
My eyes began to fill with tears as it began to soak in what this moment meant. The tears welling up as I realized what this meant for those committed couples whose love to each is just like mine is to my beloved! Now married LGBT's can have the same protection and rights under the law that my hetero-marriage provides. A loving door was opening... a door that could lead so many out of bigotries parlor and into the Grand Ballroom of acceptance and love. Finally, equal rights for equal love!
My watery eyes began to overflow, turning to tears of joy. Pure joy. The Earth just became a better place, right before my eyes. I feel more free, not because my life had changed... I am still able to live in a safe neighborhood in suburbia with my husband and children with all the social acceptance and legal rights that come with it. It's just now my LGBT friends and neighbors are closer to living this dream as well.
I'm so happy! Happy! Happy! One big hurdle towards love equality has now been conquered. I believe, yes... truly believe, that one day everyone will accept each other for their differences, not despite them. I believe we will see gender preference no more defining than one's eye color. I believe our focus will instead how we can celebrate our uniqueness! I believe together we will combine our energies and our efforts to become even more accepting and loving... and make this world the better place that God knows it can be!