Many people balk when L.G.B.T. people, even black ones, suggest that the power and vitriol behind another awful slur — the N-word — is no different from the word used by Kobe. I make no attempt at an analogy between the historical civil rights struggle for blacks in the United States with the current human rights struggle for L.G.B.T. people, but I can say that I am frequently called both, and the indignation, anger and at times resignation that course through my body are no greater or less for either. I know with both words the intent is to let me know that no matter how big, how accomplished, philanthropic or wise I may become, to them I am not even human.
This is Neil Patrick Harris:
And this is David Burtka:
They’ve been a couple since 2004.
They love each other an incredible amount.
On October 12, 2010, via surrogate, they had twins. Harper Grace and Gideon Scott:
And tonight, June 24, 2011, after New York passed the Marriage Equality Bill, they proposed to each other. They are now engaged.
And now, they can get married.
New York residents Richard Dorr, 84, and John Mace, 91, have been together for 61 years. Thanks to last night’s victory, they will soon be able to marry in their home state.
“We thought about getting married in Massachusetts, but it just didn’t seem to jibe right,” said Dorr. “It should be in the state where you live.”
They plan to seek a marriage license as swiftly as possible but don’t envision a lavish ceremony.
“Just a couple of witnesses and a justice of the peace,” Dorr said.
When they fell in love, back in 1950, “marriage never crossed our mind,” he added. “It was just that we had to be together. We could not stay away.”