I have been blessed to be a part of some pretty historic cases, whether it’s intelligent design creationism, Hazleton’s immigration fiasco, or, most recently, knocking out voter ID. But our marriage case on behalf of 25 Pennsylvanians holds a special place for me.
I was at the Pittsburgh celebration on the night of the decision with several of our clients and their children when the magnitude of what we had achieved began to hit home. People I didn’t know were hugging me, wetting my suit with their tears as they thanked me for transforming their lives. I don’t ever recall seeing so much unabashed joy, open affection, and excitement created by one of our victories.
All ACLU cases involve vital rights, but it hit me just how life-defining this case is for so many people. It is everyday existence. This decision affirms people for who they are and establishes gay men and lesbians as equal citizens. Those who fall in love with a person of the same sex now have the same rights.
Who would have thought that in less than a year we would make Pennsylvania number 19 for freedom-to-marry states? It’s amazing and just plain beautiful!
The ACLU of Pennsylvania could not have achieved this win, or any of our other victories, without the help of our supporters.
If you’re not a member, please consider joining the ACLU today.
Thank you for your unwavering faith in the ACLU! Let there be more love in the world. And let wedding bells ring!
Witold ‘Vic’ Walczak, Esq.
Legal Director, ACLU of Pennsylvania
PS – What some of you may not know is that I’m a dancing legend. Bad dancing legend 🙂