My friend Steve and his husband Peter are featured in this article today posted on GLAD's website entitled There is Nothing to Fear From Marriage Equality.
When Steve's husband Peter passed away a year ago in March the process of making all the necessary arrangements was smoothed (as much as it can be) by the fact that their marriage is recognized legally in Massachusetts.
Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy, but the pain and suffering of survivors is only compounded when legal kinship is denied. It's exactly as Steve worded it in his open letter to Ameriblog: "For all the wonderful things that marriage equality does for the living, it maintains our dignity in death. …"
Things like this make me proud to live in Massachusetts. I'm also really proud to know Steve. He shares his story in the hopes that true equality will one day be offered to everyone, and I am sharing it with you for the same reason.