Well, I never. No, really, I never. Today’s decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to give equal federal treatment to same-sex marriage in the twelve states and District of Columbia that recognize these marriages is a stunning pivotal day in our nation’s history of constitutional revelation. I honestly thought this day was my dream to be realized in a future generation.
And while I understand the significance of this ruling for our country and for the message it sends around the world to other nations about American civil liberties, today the political became personal.
I share this day especially with the woman I love, a woman who has been with me through the battles in our state for justice and equality for the past twenty years and a woman who raised a son during difficult times of hurtful discrimination against them both. We live in the states of South Carolina and Texas which are states that are unaffected by this ruling. Yet we celebrate with our brothers and sisters who will benefit from the victory today and we will continue to work until all of us are treated fairly and have the opportunity to pursue happiness. Teresa, I share this day with you.
I have many personal heroes during the past twenty years of my activism in South Carolina – both sung and unsung. I am grateful to all of them for the labor we’ve made together in the days before Will and Grace and afterwards.
But today is Edith Windsor day for me. I will forever remember the petite 84-year-old lesbian from New York who changed the course of history with an outrageous act and a not-so-everyday rebellion. Thank you, Edie.