June 24, 2014 by Jaime Duggan & Chris Lindsey, 2014 Federal Club Co-Chairs
Our Summer Luncheon becomes a wedding reception for our married members
Throughout the month of June, DFW HRC Federal Club has been celebrating marriage equality. We capped the month long celebration at Saturday’s Summer Luncheon with a champagne toast and wedding cake to honor all of you who have been able to finally get legally married.
Since last June’s Supreme Court decisions that overturned parts of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Prop 8 that banned marriage equality, huge strides have been made across the country to make marriage an institution that all Americans can enjoy, if they so choose. In fact, right now, all fifty states either embrace marriage equality or have legal or electoral activity in place to achieve it!
But while we celebrate, we have to remember that the struggle for equality is far from over. That was the message Brad Clark, Executive Director of HRC’s “Project: One America” delivered at the luncheon. Brad spoke about the strategy behind the critical work that HRC is doing in Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama to bring about equality in those states and throughout the South.
And we saw the face of equality in Tippi McCullough, the other featured speaker at the Summer Luncheon. Tippi is a teacher from Little Rock, Arkansas. She married the love of her life, Barbara Mariani in New Mexico where marriage equality is the law. Forty-five minutes after Tippi and Barbara were joined in marriage, Tippi was fired from her teaching job of 15 years.
Unfortunately, Tippi and Barbara’s story is not unusual. And while we celebrate their love and commitment, we have to keep fighting for full equality. Full equality that means you don’t have to choose between your job and the person you love. Full equality that means you can put the picture of the one you love on your desk at work and not worry about being fired. Full equality that that means you can be proud of who you are and who you love.
We want again to welcome all of the new Federal Club members who came to the luncheon and all of our members who stepped up their contributions and commitments to HRC. Without your support, none of the great work that HRC does would be possible!