Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Tuesday and I hope you are having a safe and great week so far. Today was an early day for me.
I had to be up early at 6am to get my shower to get ready to go to the Social Security office. Of course, the dogs had to go for a walk and be taken care of before I could leave. I had to get a couple of forms from Social Security for my meeting with the Department of Health next week so I can get help with paying for my many and expensive medications. Unfortunately, they closed the Social Security office which used to be located only a few blocks from the house. So it ended up being about a twenty minute drive to where the office is now located. Luckily, I only had to wait about thirty minutes before I was seen since I had gotten there before they even opened which was a pleasant surprise.
But I have even better news to write about today. Incredible. Just this morning, I watched the video of the first three marriages of same sex couples in Washington, D.C.
It was a milestone for three loving families. A milestone for our nation's capital. And, importantly, it was a sign of America's continued march toward equality.
As part of that march, I participated in the effort to collect more than 1 million signatures on the petition for marriage equality. To help celebrate today's victory, I am hoping you can help Human Rights Campaign reach a new goal: 2 million for marriage.
Watch the touching video from today's ceremonies – then pass it along and ask your friends to sign our petition for marriage equality.
The three couples who were married today at HRC's headquarters, have already shared decades of love and commitment between them. Now, finally, that love and commitment is recognized and protected under the law.
Today's weddings and the many that will follow in our nation's capital stand in stark contrast to the signing just a few miles away from here of the so called Defense of Marriage Act a decade ago.
This movement has once again made history. Now it is up to us to make more.
Help me celebrate today's landmark weddings by passing along this joyful video and let us get started toward another million signatures for marriage equality.
On a day like today, especially, I have to thank you for helping us get here.
Now back to grinning ear to ear. See back in the March on Washington 2000, I had the honor of participating in a mass holy union with my partner in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Then to my surprise, CNN Headline News showed us not only saying our vows but also kissing throughout the next day every fifteen minutes for 24 hours. At the time, it was the longest nationally aired man to man kiss.