A video of two men, one of whom appears to be an active servicemember, getting married in the state of Iowa is taking the Internet by storm.
The men, referred to as Paul and David, are married by an officiant who comments “I’m very proud to live in a state that honors the rights of everybody to love and be loved. It’s too bad that not every state grants you that right. ”
Watch the video below:
The irony of this video is that the Supreme Court judges who ruled in 2009 that same-sex marriage must be legal under the Iowa Constitution were ousted by voters following a concerted effort by anti-gay rights foes who have since campaigned hard to try and enact a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in the state. It has been up to the Democratic Senate Leader Mike Gronstal to prevent the gay marriage ban from being taken up in the upper chamber and thus safeguard marriage rights for same-sex couples.
The video also reminds us of the progress that has been achieved where gay rights is concerned. Just a year ago, and still under the DADT rule, a soldier could have been kicked out of the military for openly declaring his love for a member of the same-sex, let alone being married to a same-sex partner.
However, Paul and David still cannot access the full military benefits afforded heterosexual married couples, or the full federal benefits the law provides straight married citizens, because of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
All that said, congratulations to Paul and David for their beautiful – and increasingly ordinary – civil marriage.
In somewhat related news, June is Pride Month and for the first time post-DADT repeal the Pentagon is celebrating with a series of tributes to its openly LGB servicemembers.
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