The months of May and June of 2013 have been pretty rocky for us. In the beginning of May, we had to rush our poor pup, Gambit, to the emergency vet because he knocked over the ceramic cat dish, and then ate the ceramic pieces along with the cat food. He did not need surgery because the vet surgeon was able to remove the ceramic pieces with the less invasive procedure, an endoscopy. Gambit is now healthy and happy! More importantly, we always remember to hide the cat dish when he is home alone… no more ceramic buffets for him!
|Gambit's X-Ray... the white stuff are ceramic pieces.|
|The Fur Children|
On May 23rd, I, Stephanie, was in a horseback riding accident. The horse I was riding, Annabelle, was acting spooked due to the thunderstorm and she tossed me during mid-canter. Annabelle is a tall horse and it was a hard hit to the ground. Luckily, I did not hit my head or damage my back, but I did dislocate my pelvis in 2 spots on the left side and also broke my tailbone. I was out of work for a month and recently returned on the 24th of June. I am walking well with the walker and I’ll only need the assistance of Mr. Walker for another week or two. The orthopedic told us that surgery wasn’t needed, thankfully, and the bones should heal fine. I should be back to normal functioning by the end of the summer and I’ll be back on the saddle in the fall!
|Stephy and Annabelle|
Last and most definitely least because the rules of life state that bad things only happen in threes, Cori and I were in a minor car accident that was Final Destination style. We were on our way to a friend’s wedding and driving under the railroad tracks when something from the Metro North Railroad smashed into the roof of Cori’s car… right over her head! Thankfully, Cori had a blazer so her beautiful head was not injured. The damage, however, did cause the glass to shatter everywhere and we were covered in glass fragments while wearing evening gowns. The paramedics helped us out of the car, dusted us off, and a police report was made. Cori’s car is a total loss, but thankfully we managed to get out with only minor scratches from the glass. On a positive note, Cori can now get a new car!
|Made it to the wedding!|
In between all this nonsense, birthdays were celebrated and we were lucky enough to have friends and family help us in our time of need. The trick is to hold your head up high and try to stay positive because there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Today, on June 26th, the light shines the brightest as it was announced by the U.S. Supreme Court the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8 are considered to be unconstitutional and both were defeated in today’s ruling in a 5-4 vote.
What does this mean for same-sex couples in the United States?
The Defense of Marriage Act was a bill that denied federal protections to legally married same-sex couples. Proposition 8 was a bill that stripped same-sex couples of the freedom to marry in the state of California. As of this morning, thanks to Justice Anthony Kennedy and four other liberal Justices, Section 3 of DOMA was overturned and marriages in California are now able to resume. This means that in 13 states, including California and the District of Columbia will recognize same-sex marriages on both a state level and federal level. As more states continue to legalize same-sex marriages, couples will be able to acquire federal benefits. These benefits include: Bankruptcy, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Federal Employee Benefits, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Immigration, Medicaid, Medicare, Military Spousal Benefits, Private Employment Benefits, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Taxes, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Veteran Spousal Benefits.
Where in the U.S. is there marriage equality?
Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Washington, Maryland, and Washing D.C.
Within this year…
- Rhode Island became the 10th state in May of 2013 signed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee.
- Delaware became the 11th state in May of 2013 signed by Gov. Jack Markell.
- Minnesota became the 12th state in May of 2013 signed by Gov. Mark Dayton.
- California became the 13th state on June 26th of 2013 thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
Cori and I had a legal Marriage in New York, in which we were granted state benefits, but not federal benefits. After today’s victory, we have a marriage that is recognized on a state level and federal level! Upon our relocation to California in the fall, our marriage will also be recognized on a state level and federal level.