- Posted December 10, 2012 by
Newport Coast, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Same-sex marriage hearings: Your thoughts
Ed and my life together
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
We are fortunate to have led relatively discrimination-free lives with our families welcoming both of us into their respective clans. In fact, even though we are among the middle-to-youngest in our respective families, we have the most stable and long-lived relationship out of a cohort of 11 siblings and have been able to financially and emotionally help our parents and those members of our families who have not been as fortunate as we.
We have enjoyed successful professional careers in public television and commercial finance, respectively, and have been actively involved leading and participating in LGBT civil rights and other non-profit organizations.
Like other LGBT people, however, we have had to incur the additional expense and headaches of hiring attorneys, creating trusts, etc. to approximate the legal status and benefits that accrue to heterosexual couples upon becoming married.
We are among the lucky, relatively few who can bear such expenses as a minor inconvenience. However, we hope that the legal battles now playing out in the Supreme Court and elsewhere will finally lower the arbitrary legal discriminations that prevent us from having the same rights as other citizens.