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Celeb Instagram: Marriage Equality Edition

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5 years ago today.

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Five years ago today, by the grace of a single vote on the Supreme Court, the freedom to marry became real for millions of us. This is why government matters: it shapes our lives, and it is personal.

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5 years ago today, I was given the constitutional right to marry the man I love. I admit, I still getting a little weepy reading the decision. ???? “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.” -Anthony Kennedy, SCOTUS

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Five years ago today same sex marriage became legal. I was performing at Pride that day and there was so much joy. I had never thought about marriage. I didn’t think it would ever be possible. The next day I got on a plane to Chicago for their pride and I immediately met a beautiful, funny kindergarten teacher. (More about that tomorrow)

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Today is a momentous day in the history of LGBTQ+ rights and equality. It was on June 26, 2003, in Lawrence v. Texas, that laws making it a crime for two persons of the same sex to engage in intimate sexual conduct were declared unconstitutional. It was on June 26, 2013 that a divided Supreme Court, in United States v. Windsor, said that the Defense of Marriage Act (or DOMA) was unconstitutional as a “deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment.” And it was on June 26, 2015 that same-sex marriage, in Obergefell v. Hodges, at last became the law of the land. Forever thankful to have been a part of portraying the first legal gay marriage shown on television and a part of the show that was forward-thinking enough to go there. #Pride #Freedom #QueerasFolk #LoveisLove

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5 years ago today the Supreme Court decided that any US citizen had the right to legally marry the person they loved, regardless of their sex. On July 20, 2013, almost two years before that that historic moment I married @justinmikita in New York, one of 13 states where we could be legally married at that time. We were joined in matrimony by our friend, Tony Kushner. He began with: “Dearly Beloved, We’re gathered here together in the sight of God, in Whom some few of us absolutely believe and in Whom a few of us absolutely don’t and in Whom most of us locate a deep, unresolvable unknowing; and gather together in the face of this congregation, in the sight of one another – and here we’re on somewhat firmer, less metaphysical terrain – to join these two wonderful men, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita, in matrimony, which some of us regard as a holy estate, and I assume the vast majority of us regard as an honorable estate, and happily all of us can regard as a legally sanctioned estate, at least in 13 states, including this one, and in the District of Columbia and five Native American tribes. And counting.” And continue we did. I am so proud that my marriage is recognized as equal in all 50 states of this great country. We must continue to protect those rights we fought so hard for while continuing to press forward with further protections for the LGBTQ community. It is so important to vote in this election. Please, please vote. Sending so much love to all of you and Happy Pride. JTF

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