BOSTON, MA – Put ten candles on the cake – same-sex marriage is entering the double digits!
At least in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize wedded bliss for same-sex couples.
“This is really about love,” said Frank Selvaggi. “And it’s about commitment, and it’s about something that everybody wants. So it’s not just a political issue, it’s a human issue.”
Frank Selvaggi and Bill Shea were one of the first couples to get married in a star-studded affair a decade ago.
Now that the federal government has gotten rid of the Defense of Marriage Act and other barriers, same-sex marriage is legal in 17 states, with more being added to the list almost every week it seems.
“As these cases make their way through the courts,” said Evan Wolfson, Founder of Freedom to Marry. “We’re making the same strong case in the court of public opinion as our advocates are making in the courts of law to get the country where it needs to be.”
Couples still face roadblocks as opponents in states like Arkansas fight to keep gay marriage on hold.
But as Massachusetts pairs celebrate ten years since tying the knot, pairs across the country are holding out hope.
“I just pray the Supreme Court sees that, you know, we deserve equality, we deserve to be treated equally,” said Hilda Jones, who got married in Arkansas before the Supreme Court stay.
Last we checked America was founded on this very principle.