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Pennsylvania County Defies State Ban On Gay Marriage, Issues Licenses To Couples

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By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Jul 25, 2013
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    • 1EqualityUSA

      When Gavin Newsom defied law and said for gay couples to come down to S.F.’s City Hall, we were one of many, waiting in the drizzly cold, lined up around the block since dawn. (Our Domestic Partnership had us feeling relegated to 2nd class citizenship.) We were notified by mail that the marriage license was being taken away. Nobody could take away the experience we had, the love felt, the free food and hot coffee being donated, the honking and cheers from passing cars. The two men in front of us came all the way from L.A. They were sweet hearts. Then we became 1 of the 18,000 couples that legally wed in the short window of time before Prop H8 was passed. When Obama had won that night, we were unable to fully be elated, as fellow Americans voted away our inalienable rights. I never blogged, wrote online, nor commented on anything internetty, until Prop H8. Something happened when Prop H8 passed in 200H8. I started writing, as though our lives depended upon it. Equality from Coast to Coast! Pennsylvanians will have similar tales to tell. It’s painful and the words you hear will be mind-numbingly cruel, but hang in there and speak from your hearts. Good luck to you all.

      Jul 25, 2013 at 6:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 1EqualityUSA

      Error: The window of time when Prop H8 was considered unconstitutional. There was a three month window of time when we legally wed, before the haters got the marriages halted.

      Jul 25, 2013 at 7:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • EGO

      It is amazing how intelligent human beings in politics can be so ignorant this day and age. These politicians don’t seem to understand that this is a civil issue and not religious one. They need to stop forcing themselves on others.

      The LGBT community needs to continue to fight for their rights and eventually they will have them everywhere. Kudos to the LGBTs in Pennsylvania!

      Jul 26, 2013 at 11:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LadyL

      @1EqualityUSA: 1EqualityUSA–I love you. Thanks for sharing your story here.

      Jul 27, 2013 at 5:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LadyL

      @EGO: In this day and age I doubt it’s ignorance–more fear and denial. But I join you in congratulating Pennsylvania’s LGBT and their supporters.

      Jul 27, 2013 at 5:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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