My husband, Carl, and I are proud to live in North Carolina and start our family here. In 2009, we said our wedding vows, surrounded by our friends and family and the beautiful mountains outside of Asheville. We are the fortunate ones.
On Tuesday, May 8, North Carolina became the 31st state in the nation -- and the last state in the South -- to pass a hurtful amendment to our constitution that not only bans same-sex marriage and civil unions, but also threatens domestic-violence protections and health benefits for unmarried families.
My husband and I fought as hard as we could to stop Amendment 1. Throughout the course of this fight in NC, I was pregnant with my first child. Some day I'll be able to share that story with my son, who was with us every step of the way. We all fought for him -- not knowing if he'll someday be subjected to bullying at school or denied the opportunity to marry the person he loves or adopt a child in need of a loving home. When such blatant bigotry is a thing of the past, he'll look back and be proud of his parents for standing on the right side of history.
But there's more that we can do to ensure that future. Right now.
In just a few months, the Democratic National Convention will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina. Now is the time for the Democratic Party to stand with the LGBT community and officially endorse marriage equality as part of the 2012 Democratic Party Platform.
22 Democratic Senators, 11 State Democratic Party Chairs, the Chair of this year's Democratic National Convention and four former chairs of the national Democratic Party have come out in support of adding marriage equality to the Democratic Party Platform.
And over the past few days, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have come out in support of marriage equality for loving gay and lesbian couples.
Now -- more than ever before -- is our opportunity to solidify equality as a shared value of all Democrats.
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