Monthly Archives: June 2015

Who knew?

I was reading this article and took away something very exciting from the reader comments…it is possible for an ex-president to be appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States!” So I asked my best online friend Google and read the following on supremecourt.gov. OMFG! I have a dream…

Has anyone ever served as both President and Chief Justice?

William Howard Taft is the only person to have served as both President of the United States (1909-1913) and Chief Justice of the United States (1921-1930).

Today is fucking historic!

An excerpt from today’s Supreme Court of the United States decision on OBERGEFELL v. HODGES, Opinion of the Court as delivered by Justice Anthony Kennedy:

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies  the  highest  ideals  of  love,  fidelity,  devotion,  sacrifice, and  family. In  forming  a  marital  union,  two  people  become something greater than once they were. As some of the  petitioners  in  these  cases  demonstrate, marriage
embodies  a  love  that  may  endure  even  past  death. It would  misunderstand  these  men  and  women  to  say  they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect  it,  respect  it  so  deeply  that  they  seek  to  find  its fulfillment  for  themselves. Their  hope  is  not  to  be  condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

The  judgment  of  the  Court  of  Appeals  for  the  Sixth Circuit is reversed.

It is so ordered.”

It is so ordered! I never thought this day would come during my lifetime. A co-worker IM’d me a link to the decision this morning and I sat there and cried. On my way home from work this afternoon I was listening to the radio and cried most of the drive home. I was crying tonight when I read photo captions like these: In Dallas, Jack Evans, 85, and George Harris, 82, were married after 54 years together; Tony Chiaro, 73, and Earnie Matheson, 65, have been together 26 years and were the first to receive their license in Arkansas; In Lancaster County Nebraska, Judith Gibson, 74, and Barbara DiBernard, 66,  of Lincoln got their license after 27 years together.

The straight people I know all assumed that this would be the ruling. The queers I know, just like me, were not so sure about it. We know how easy it is for people to refuse to consider us as equals and we don’t count our chickens before they hatch. My Pollyanna was hoping for the best, the reasonable and right outcome, but my Cynic was thinking “no fucking way”. I love it when Pollyanna wins, because when that happens we all win!

The Fab Five of the year are:

     Sotomayor                 Kagan               Ginsburg                Breyer                 Kennedy

p.s. My wife and I will celebrate our Silver Anniversary this summer…25 years together! (My parents weren’t together that long.) I’m not looking to get married…in 2003 after 13 years together, we were legally married in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. This decision makes me so happy for everyone else who is now able to have a legal and recognized marriage that I’m crying again!