I've been with Carl, my partner, for 17 years. We have shared everything in good times and bad times. The only things we haven't shared are marriage vows.
Is our longstanding, stable relationship a threat to the state of California? Is it a threat to straight people in any way? Does it cause anyone or anybody in our society harm? The answer is no. And, still, we are told that we cannot marry.
For those who say it goes against God's laws, I kindly remind you that we live in a country that still separates Church and State.
So, if you are so inclined, I encourage you to stand up, speak out and be counted. Let your voice be heard and let's -- as a progressive state -- take another step toward greater equality.