Leo-CusimanoMarriage Equality is a dream my partner, Tony, and I have shared for 33 years. This week marked a milestone in our journey. Jeff, our 11-year old son, recently asked, “Dad, why can’t you and Daddy Tony get married?” Leaving for work on Friday, he said, “Dad, I hope you can get married today!” Now we can. Love Wins!

There is no greater gift than love. Maya Angelou said: “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, and penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” We joined Couples Metro Dallas many years ago to meet other couples in committed relationships. We all dreamed of marriage, celebrating anniversaries with hope and love.

Our decades of hope as a movement have turned a page in history with the ruling by the Supreme Court. LGBT couples across this country are beginning to feel the freedom of equality, strengthening their relationships with all the rights and privileges that marriage offers — not gay marriage, not holy unions or commitment ceremonies… marriage. Love Wins!

Dallas Voice has published a special section for many years, first called Holy Unions, and then called PRIDE Weddings, this year (with hope) we changed the name to Weddings! Our next Weddings edition will be published on July 31st, the Friday before we produce The Wedding Party & EXPO. The EXPO is hosted by the Hilton Anatole and benefits the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce. This event is for everyone in our community planning a wedding or celebration (TheWeddingPartyEXPO.com).

The Supreme Court decision is a major victory for our community. However, we have a long way to go before the LGBT community achieves full equality. I believe the next frontier will focus on transgender rights and employment non-discrimination. We can win this battle with love and hope.

Our staff here at Dallas Voice works passionately to deliver in-depth, comprehensive coverage of the battle for marriage equality. It is with deep gratitude that I thank the brave men and women in our community who exhausted every talent and effort to make our dreams come true. Love Wins!

Finally, it is with love and hope that I take this opportunity to propose to my partner, making my dreams come true:

Tony, will you marry me?