Three good things: refrigerator, DOMA, Proposition 8

refrigerator doma prop 8


My poor heart can’t stand it. Three good things happened in one day!

 

 

First of all: our old feeble refrigerator got replaced. I wrote a mild email to our landlords two nights ago about how the food in our freezer didn’t seem to be freezing properly, and the landlords replaced the fridge the very next day! And it’s lovely, and they’re lovely people over at the landlord’s office, and we love them and thank them.

 

 

Also: the lovely folks in the Supreme Court – five of them, anyway – believe that they should not overturn the California Supreme Court’s rejection of Proposition 8, and as a result, gay marriage is once again legal in the great state of California (as of July 25, 2013, at any rate).

 

 

This is nothing to me really, because I’m not a citizen of California. I’m delighted, however, for the gay people who married in California while it was legal, and who are legal again; I’m also delighted for the other gay Californians who can now line up for marriage licenses. And I’m delighted to see one more state added to the illustrious roster of states (including Little Rhody) which have legalized gay marriage.

 

 

The third good thing that happened today was this: DOMA – the Defense of Marriage Act – was found, in essence, unconstitutional.

 

 

This is key.

 

 

Partner and I have long debated the issue of marriage. We’ve lived together for fourteen years, which makes us married in the eyes of any deity who matters. Rhode Island legalized gay marriage a few months ago – hooray! But would it be of any advantage to us to get married? Not if the federal government doesn’t recognize it. It would have no tax advantages, or estate advantages.

 

 

But now, after the Supreme Court’s snappy 5-4 decision, it’s a different story.

 

 

Do I hear wedding bells?

 

 

Or is it just our new (and more efficient) refrigerator humming?


 

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About Loren Williams
Gay, partnered, living in Providence, working at a local university. Loves: books, movies, TV. Comments and recriminations can be sent to futureworld@cox.net.

9 Responses to Three good things: refrigerator, DOMA, Proposition 8

  1. Honeymoon in Ilwaco or Astoria? 😉

  2. starproms says:

    Well congratulations. What with my news and yours, we are both happy bunnies, n’est ce pas?

    • Happy bunnies indeed. We will see what happens here. All my friends here are delighted; they’re looking forward to buying new outfits and being in the wedding. I told them not to expect too much.

      All the best to you and your husband; I hope everything goes beautifully for the two of you. You deserve it.

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