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posted Friday, July 3, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 27
Love wins! Marriage Equality Rally at Federal Courthouse with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray
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Love wins! Marriage Equality Rally at Federal Courthouse with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

It's hard to write about history when it is made. Words don't seem to do justice to what it felt like on Friday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for marriage equality. And even though it has been one week since that momentous marker in the decades long fight for LGBTQ equality, I still have trouble saying exactly the right thing about it. And maybe that is it? Maybe the fact is this win was so big, so historical and so meaningful that none of us truly knows the impact this will ultimately have on the world. We do know, without a doubt, it is good though. Still, I had to come up with something to say. The mayor had asked me to speak.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray organized a rally at the federal courthouse in downtown Seattle the day the decision came down from SCOTUS. At 5 p.m. the courtyard in front of the court would be full of rainbow flag-waving people who, regardless of anything -' sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression -' now had the right to marry the person they love and that marriage be recognized in every state of the Union. Because the Supremes ruled DOMA unconstitutional, America is now a more perfect Union and marriage means more than it ever has meant during any time of this nation's existence. Love, truly has won.

Local leaders in the fight to secure marriage equality in Washington state cheered the Supreme Court even though it will have a limited impact on Washington's same-sex couples because we've held the right to marriage since November 2012. Washington was one of the first states in history to approve a pro-LGBTQ marriage initiative by popular vote. On November 6, 2012 the streets of Capitol Hill became one giant celebration as people danced and sang and hugged and felt, for the first time ever, like a first class citizen when we had felt like second class citizens our whole lives just hours before the votes started pouring in. It was a moment I suspect many of us will never forget. So was Friday.

Earlier in the day, Mayor Murray, who led the effort for marriage equality during his time in the state Senate, greeted the media at a City Hall news conference Friday morning with festive applause.

'I never imagined this day. I never imagined myself as an elected official,' said Murray, whose husband, the first First Gentleman of Seattle, Michael Shiosaki, stood next to him. Shiosaki and Murray were married in 2014 while Ed was running for mayor.

Joining Murray at the news conference was City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, who took a moment to reflect. Rasmussen, who is openly Gay, said there once was a time when he couldn't even conceive the idea of holding office. In fact, when he graduated from law school, Rasmussen said he couldn't envision holding a job or having an apartment because of long-standing discrimination.

'This day is a dream,' Rasmussen said. 'It seems like an impossible dream.'

Later that day, I had agreed to reschedule the Capitol Hill rally that Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea) had planned in response to the SCOTUS decision. Because the event would interfere with the setup for Trans Pride and directly compete with Mayor Murray's event, I told City Hall that combining the two seemed to be the best thing to do. That decision proved to be fruitful. As I rounded the corner of 7th avenue and Stewart I could see a crowd had formed, nearly spilling out into the street. People from all over the city had come to celebrate.

The celebration began with the song: 'Another One Bites the Dust,' performed by members of the Seattle Men's and Seattle Women's Chorus.

'Today I'm able to say to Americans what I said to Washingtonians the day we signed our marriage equality bill: Welcome to the other side of the rainbow.' Murray welcomed the crowd.

Openly Gay state Senator Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle was instrumental in bringing marriage equality to Washington. He married his husband in 2013 and together they raise four sons.

'There's a great sense of peace that this is finally over after all these years,' Pedersen said at the rally.

Seattle City Council member Tom Rasmussen, the first openly Gay man to serve on the council, said it is now 'up to all of us' to elect leaders that will protect the decision.

'Today the Supreme Court ruling means that our Constitution stands for equal rights for all,' he said. 'This achievement is the result of decades of persistent, tenacious and courageous work by people throughout the country.

Through steadfast advocacy to not accept anything less than full equality, this ruling moves LGBTQ rights forward.'

Others spoke at the rally too, such as King County Executive Dow Constantine, other members of the Seattle City Council, GSBA Executive Director Louise Chernin and I.

Chernin reminded everyone the role that big business and small business played in Washington state and around the nation to secure marriage equality. She also talked about how the fight had been won because so many got involved.

For me, it was simple. I told the crowd a personal story. My story. I told everyone that I married my husband Yee-Shin Huang in May of 2013 after having fought for marriage equality. My story is now 'our' story because after growing up Gay in the 1980s and '90s and serving closeted in the U.S. Military for 10 years, I am now 35-years-old, happily married to the man I love and equal in the eyes of the federal government. Amazing.

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