I don’t need a piece of paper to show the world that I love Sylvia, but I would like the option. Sylvia and I consider ourselves married. We have been to a lawyer and have powers of attorney for each other, because we may need them one day. We see ourselves as a family with the boys and she is in the role of a step mother. However, the government doesn’t see it that way and that is why we did have to visit a lawyer. Sylvia pays a great deal for her health insurance because she is self-employed. I asked my employer about adding her to my health insurance and they don’t recognize domestic partnerships, so Sylvia cannot be added. If she and I were married then I could add her to my health insurance. We would have the same rights under the law and that is what I want. It doesn’t have to be called a marriage, I don’t mind domestic partnership. We shouldn’t discriminated against because we are not seen as a couple in the eyes of the law. The law should be blind to that.
I was out of the loop the other day when President Obama made his statement supporting same-sex marriage. When I did hear about it, I smiled and felt good inside. Does it change anything right now? No, but maybe, just maybe one day Sylvia and I can celebrate our wedding and be afforded the same rights as others who marry!