I got engaged Sunday. My fiance and I are planning a small, outdoor ceremony in June.
But before that, in the next few months, we're going to get married at the courthouse just to make things legal.
The process seems straightforward and simple, which makes me feel fortunate ... and guilty.
The hardest part for Keith and me may be digging out our birth certificates. But for many couples throughout the United States, it's impossible to get married. That's because, possibly through the sheer fluke of genetics, they are attracted to members of their same sex.
Same-sex marriage is legal in only four states: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa and Vermont. It will be legal in New Hampshire beginning next year.
I've always equated same-sex marriage with interracial marriage. Not that long ago many people considered interracial marriage sinful, an abomination. Now, though, aside from a few remaining bigots, it's considered acceptable and is legal.
I believe that in a few decades people will look back on the time when same-sex marriage was illegal and think, "What were those ignorant people thinking?"
People don't choose whom to love -- whether it be heterosexual, interracial or same-sex couples. All couples should have the right to marry.