Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair are getting married January 1st, in Pasadena, California. Specifically they are getting married atop the AIDS Healthcare Foundation wedding cake float during the Rose Bowl Parade. Congrats to the happy couple. I have a feeling they will have a long marriage.
The vast majority of those lining the streets of the parade will be cheering them on. Family and friends will either be in person or watching on television. California once again has marriage equality for gays and lesbians.
Heck, even in Utah there is marriage equality. I viewed pictures on the internet that showed happy and joyful couples (with their friends and family) marrying in a state that few believed would see same sex marriages anytime soon.
Sometimes progress is baby or incremental steps and sometimes it comes so fast that it takes your breath away. A marriage equality ban defeated late in 2012 in Minnesota and soon after, full marriage equality voted in that state. Marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, Illinois, Hawaii, Washington and now Utah. All in basically the past year. Wow.
Yes, there are people like Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty. Mr. Robertson definitely has free speech rights to express himself as he so desires, but it is so unfortunate that he believes gays and lesbians are comparable to those who molest animals or even that gays and lesbians are "full of murder."
But then again, Robertson was just repeating the Christian bible. A religion like Islam, and the more fundamentalist parts of Hinduism and Judaism, that opposes gay and humanity for gays. But we aren't a theocracy of any kind, so the bible's dictates make no difference.
Of course, if you want to support marriage equality in 2014, you can join such fine organizations as the Human Rights Campaign or Freedom to Marry. Thanks, and have a happy new year.