DOMA Project rally this weekend in NYC

This weekend I saw a beautiful couple speak at a DOMA Project rally in New York City. The love between the two men speaking was palpable. Everyone in the crowd embraced and cheered. We couldn’t take our eyes off of these individuals who – despite being openly committed to one another and deeply in love – are not allowed the same marriage rights as heterosexual people such as myself.

Not only can they not legally marry in most states, but they also do not have the ability to receive/transfer US citizenship through marriage simply because they have chosen a same-sex partner. One of the men was US-born; the other, South American. Laws like DOMA keep these men from being able to raise a family in America. They are destructive TO marriage – not in defense of it.

Today and tomorrow the Supreme Court is discussing both DOMA and the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage.

Charles Cooper, the lawyer defending Prop 8, has already received intense questioning from many of the Supreme Court justices today, including potential swing-voter Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Tomorrow will tell us more – and by the end of this week, we will know where the highest court in our nation stands on these fundamental human rights issues.

I chose today to begin writing about the things that matter most to me. I think they will matter to some of you out there as well. Two of these issues are marriage equality and immigration reform, one reason why I’ve made this photo my first post.

Visit The DOMA Project at http://www.domaproject.org/ to learn more about what can be done to fight the exile and deportation of bi-national gay and lesbian couples due to DOMA and the troubled American immigration system.