While watching pictures and video from Ellen DeGeneres' wedding to Portia de Rossi, inside, I was just beaming and so happy for them. It is obvious how much they love each other and how special and significant their wedding was to them.
I'm supposed to be opposed to same sex marriage. But I'm not. This makes me a minority in most of my circles.
When I lived in Canada, some of my nicest, kindest, most wonderful friends were gay. Several of them were couples. I remember wishing they could be married because they were so great together and planned to be together forever. But they couldn't. It was not legal.
Understand, not all homosexuals want to be married or in a committed, long-term relationship. Not all heterosexuals do either. Of the ones who do, they want to take 'the next step' in their relationships with the person who means the most to them - like I did.
Blacks and women wanted to have the same rights as white men: to vote, to have equal pay for equal work, to be able to live in any neighborhood they could afford, to be able to attend the same events, to sit anywhere they want on a bus or in a concert hall, etc.. There was a time that was thought of as an abomination.
Two years before I was born, it was illegal in some states for a black person and a white person to be married. To the point where a married mixed race couple was ripped from their marital home and bed and taken to jail. My marriage to my white husband would have been illegal. The world has not come to an end. We've actually accomplished some pretty good things for our community as a married couple.