Here’s to more and more “Happily Ever After”

Today, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was officially struck down as unconstitutional. As The New York Times reports, “The Supreme Court issued a pair of rulings Wednesday expanding gay rights, ruling unconstitutional a 1996 law denying federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples and clearing the way for California to legalize same-sex marriage.”

That state, of course, remains under the controversial Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage there, but as the Times goes on to say, “many legal analysts say that same-sex marriages are likely to resume there in a matter of weeks.”

To that end, we want to point you to “Happily Ever After,” a beautiful piece that our friend, the great (and California-based) writer Steve Silberman, honored us with back in 2009. As Steve writes, “Keith and I weren’t planning on starting a gay marriage revolution, outraging the religious right, or even committing a noble act of civil disobedience. We just loved each other a lot.”

We hope you’ll get some inspiration from “Happily Ever After.” Click here to read it online now.


  1. Tim says

    I would please like to wish Steve and his partner all the happiest possible. I would like to also ask politely, that since DOMA and the agenda of the same sex groups (whomever they be), and "outrages" others, could we please not have such articles here. This is not the place for politics. It is a place to support others without tear down someone else. This is a place for all of us to come with our common interests in what Buddha gave so many years ago.

    I hope that all of you are well and please, if you feel this is important enough, we can discuss it elsewhere. Peace _()_

    • Brandon says

      Tim, I'm not sure that I understand your comment. Personally, I think an article about same sex marriage is all about supporting others, each other, and everyone. It is, in my opinion, entirely consistent with the dharma.

  2. Jackson says

    There could be Buddhists who don't necessarily support gay marriage. Either way, I'm inclined to agree with Tim that this may not be the place for politics. Let's keep distinctions between liberalism and conservatism out.

    • Brandon says

      I am sure there are Buddhists that don't support gay marriage. But there are always people who don't want to see something or other on this site. I also don't see gay marriage as a "political issue," or a liberal versus conservative issue, it's a human rights issue. Human rights are certainly something Buddhists should be concerned about.