A few words, a moment in time, which passed unnoticed by most, changed my world forever.
“The state’s current laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry and, in so doing, demean the dignity of these same-sex couples for no rational reason,” wrote U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby. “Accordingly, the court finds that these laws are unconstitutional.” SL Tribune Dec. 20, 2013
This ruling melted away the bars of opression and opened the gates of equality. Marriage licenses began to be issued to same sex couples in Salt Lake City. I couldn’t believe it, but it was true. The reality didn’t set in for a few hours, I just had this huge smile on my face. I called my mom, and few friends while numb to the real meaning of this day. I called my cousin Hannah who’s happiness matched my own, and my soul was so full it began to spill out in tears of joy. This day is EPIC… To finally feel the bright rays of equality! So much pain, loss, drops of blood and tears of sadness have been given. This heavy toll has been paid, and now we pass into the light. Emerging into a world where our families are recognized by law! The injustice has been realized and we have been granted protection under our country’s constitution!
We went down to the city building to take part in this historic day. We walked into the building and immediately felt the joy that permeated the air. The feelings of happiness, LOVE, and relief were tangable. We walked through the crowed of tear streaked faces. Marriage vows were being said all around us. Every time a couple was pronounced married under the law a cheer was raised. I stood in the hall stunned, from my vantage point I could see 3,4, no 5 marriages being performed. I put my head in my hands and wept. I can marry the man I love, my children can be raised in a home protected under law. I was able to get to the mayor of Salt Lake and tell him thank you for supporting us. We just watched marriage ceremony after marriage ceremony. By the time we left our cup was full to overflowing. This was truly a day that will go down in history. I am so glad I was there.
P.S . This came so unexpectedly Trent and I were taken by surprise. Now that it is legal we are discussing dates. There is a long road yet to travel, so we are going to have to play it by ear.
To my readers, friends and family that have supported Trent and I… Thank You!