We got married in NY State 1 year ago. As far as I am concerned, it meant close to nothing. Why? Because if you have already been living together for 20 years and have been raising a child for 9 of those, a piece of paper does not make you married. Your behavior, attitude, and commitment, do. A License from your state does not make a difference as far as I am concerned.
The United States Supreme Court changed that earlier this year. Granting gay people equal marriage rights in America did make a difference in my heart. It actually made me come all the way out of the closet and freer to tell everyone that I was married to a man, I did feel legitimized by that ruling. I was also thrilled that as a stay at home dad I could now get my spouse’s social security benefits like every other married couple in America. Yes, in many respects I felt a little bit safer. It was also nice to let our child know his family was 100% legitimate in America.
And then came the call to the accountant! Can we refile our taxes? Yes! He thought.
So we planned our Labor Day vacation. We ran out of time to plan a trip to Europe, so we tried to figure out where we could go for 10 days, and Walt Disney World seemed like the next choice! We had been 3 times on business, but never just for ourselves, without being on someone else’s time frame. Not that being on Disney’s time frame is a negative thing, we just wanted to make sure we covered as much of Walt Disney World as possible!
So, we spent our new income tax refund on our trip. We supported the airline industry, the Disney Parks, the food industry, and everything else associated with travel, from cabs, to car services, to the local Orlando supermarket.
And best of all, Walt Disney World treated us as an American married couple, with dignity and respect and honor!
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