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Our wedding was about much, much more than a certificate and a platinum band. It was about two people and two families coming together to celebrate as one. For most of my life as a gay man, I thought I would never have the opportunity to get married, and so I wrote the whole wedding thing off as some silly ritual. Yet given the window of opportunity in 2008 to say “I do,” I did—with the enthusiasm of the fiercest Bridezilla.
Newsweek & The Daily Beast editor David Jefferson writes on his four gay marriages—and the significance of his one wedding, a human rite of passage.
Whether I’m gay, straight, or bisexual, tall or short, male or female, white or black, successful go-getter or slacker, is entirely immaterial. I happen to be a go-getter student-turned-activist speaking out in defense of his moms, but this isn’t—and shouldn’t be—the norm. Nobody wants to spend all of his or her time defending his family, and I’m looking forward to mine no longer needing defending.
Zach Wahls, Iowa student-turned-activist and defender of his two lesbian moms, writing of his newfound fame & mission after that video you’ve most definitely seen went crazy-viral (15.3 million views!) last week. Ah, and yes, he’s single.

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To be considered for a feature in Newsweek/The Daily Beast. What we’re looking for:

* Couples who are legally married, whether it be in Argentina or Massachusetts.

* Couples who’ve wed in interesting ways or places (ie, we’re not looking for 100 of the same posed wedding photo)

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* Info about your wedding, including names of partners, who you are, what you do, where you wed, date of wedding, contact info, etc.

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Opponents of gay marriage cannot have it both ways. If they want to say that unelected federal judges cannot subvert the will of John Q. Voter, it’s absurd to insist that John Q. Voter should be banned from witnessing the proceedings. If they believe that elitist jurists shouldn’t be allowed to substitute their values for those of ordinary citizens, they cannot holler that ordinary citizens are thuggish bullies who scare witnesses. Both sides spent close to $74 million on competing ads to “educate” voters in the gay-marriage campaign in California. It’s a little late to claim there’s no place for TV cameras in this fight.
Marriage is one of the basic building blocks of our neighborhoods and our nation. At its best, it is a stable bond between two individuals who work to create a loving household and a social and economic partnership. We encourage couples to marry because the commitments they make to one another provide benefits not only to themselves but also to their families and communities. Marriage requires thinking beyond one’s own needs. It transforms two individuals into a union based on shared aspirations, and in doing so establishes a formal investment in the well-being of society. The fact that individuals who happen to be gay want to share in this vital social institution is evidence that conservative ideals enjoy widespread acceptance. Conservatives should celebrate this, rather than lament it.

Ted Olson on why he’s leading the legal challenge to California’s anti-gay marriage law.