Monday, August 25, 2014

It's All About Love

This week will be a big one in the battle for marriage equality in Indiana.

On Tuesday in Chicago, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the case from Indiana on whether or not same sex marriage should be legal in Indiana.  For a brief period in June, it was legal until the 7th Circuit issued a stay.  Today, those unions that were joined in June as well as ones that might be joined in the future hang in the balance.

Last night, however, I had the honor to be invited to a send-off dinner by Karen Celestino Horseman for her clients, a group of first responders, fighting just to have their unions recognized by the state they serve.  It was a gathering of about 20 people including myself, and I was privileged to be a fly on the wall.

The group filled that room at English Ivy's with laughter and joy and smiles.  It was a rowdy bunch.  There we were...all gathered for a cause.  Straight, gay, didn't matter...all were represented.  We were all gathered there to celebrate what could be an historic case for Indiana residents like me.

In June, I found out the same group, albeit smaller, gathered when Judge Richard Young overturned Indiana's prohibition on same-sex marriage.  Hopefully, we'll be gathering at English Ivy's again in a few weeks to celebrate another victory.  One way or another, it's just a matter of time.  It's all about love.  Love is on our side, and even the law will see that one day very soon.

I want to wish Karen Celestino Horseman, the plaintiffs she represents, and the legal team that includes Bill Groth (who also was there with his wife at English Ivy's last night) the best as they head to Chicago to fight for the civil rights of so many.

When history looks back on these days, it will record the findings of what happened, but I got to spend an evening with the trailblazers.

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