Simon says the “W” word: one parent’s experience of the marriage equality issue

“Do you take Fran to be your lawfully wedded wife, in sickness and in health, until death do you part?” The mayor smiles as he asks me. I am radiant, wearing my mother’s wedding gown for the fifth and final time. I am pleased to be able to still squeeze into it after all these years and a pregnancy. “I DO!” I proudly answer. It has been a long road to get here, but marriage … [Read more...]

Simon Says: human rights for all families

I bend over and kiss my son goodnight, my heart swelling with love. It is impossible for me to fathom having him taken from me, and yet this is happening to parents for no other reason than their sexual orientation or gender identity. It has been announced that Russian lawmakers will debate a bill to take children from their gay parents.  In fact, we are only one generation … [Read more...]