|A state that treats all of its citizens equally|
God I am glad I live in Delaware!
I was hard at work last night at the hotel training a new front desk clerk when the news came through that the Delaware State senate passed the Marriage Equality bill 12 to 8. We were both so busy with the phones and what not, that I didn't have a chance to get on my Facebook account to express my utter joyfulness of this awesome news!
|Delaware Governor Markell signs Marriage Equality Bill in Legislative Hall immediately after passed by the state senate - this is my kind of governor!|
|Delaware become the 11th state to pass marriage equality|
There are only three time before in my life that I had this "electricity" of good feeling run through my body.
|Lisa Goodman, Mark Purpua and the fine folks of Marriage Equality Delaware that made it happen. Thank you folks!|
The first time was when I entered my first gay bar in the small town of Clairton, PA in the winter of 1963 and saw men dancing with men. That was the first time I realized that I wasn't "alone."
The second time was when I meet Bill. Here was a man (and I use "man" in every sense of the word, no offense to my effeminate gay brothers) who liked me for me and wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. I knew there was something special when I met Bill and I was destined to spend the rest of my life with him. I knew I was "chosen".
The third time was the first time I visited the popular gay resort of Provincetown, Mass. in 1974. For the first time in my life I saw gay couples walking down the street hand in hand, arm around shoulders, and without the disproving and disgusting looks of the straight people in the street.
And then there was last night. The fourth time I felt that "electricity" go through my whole body which reinvigorated me. The only thing I can came that feeling of is the near death experience that many have reported of seeing a light that is all enveloping and welcoming. Last night I felt that feeling again and man oh man, what a wonderful feeling.
|YES! Governor Markall signs HB75, Marriage Equality|
There are so many to thank for making marriage equality a reality in Delaware. Let me say it best by thanking all those who worked so hard an diligently to make it possible for me and Bill and for all the other same sex couples (male and female) in Delaware now to be recognized as equal citizens and human beings under the law. No more feeling "less than."
|Governor Markell holds up signed Marriage Equality bill|
|This is what love looks like folks. This is the kind of state that I want to live and die in. No more living in a state that hates me and doesn't value me as an equal citizen and human being.|
|Joy from the rafters at the Delaware State Senate building at the moment of the passage of the bill - wish I was there|
Thank you to Lisa Goodman, Mark Purpua, and Chuck Meade and all those who worked so tirelessly to make marriage equality a reality in Delaware. And thank you to those state representatives and state senators (of which my representative and senator voted AGAINST which is a travesty because both of them represent the largest gay population in Delaware but that issue will be addressed later at the ballot box) who voted for HB75, the Marriage Equality bill to treat all of Delaware's citizens to the full dignity, respect and protections under the law. Yesterday was indeed a dream come true.
|My friend Howard goofing it up at a wedding in redneck country (Sussex County, DE) many years ago. Now Howard can get married for real. Only one "small detail", we have to find him a husband. Go Howard!|