To Love and to Cherish (in Texas)

March 10, 2015

Despite the rising tide of acceptance in the rest of the United States, Texas is a holdout for legislators who are staunchly opposed to same-sex marriage. The argument they lean on is that same-sex marriage destroys the most basic building block of society: the family. But in the case of Texans Nicole Dimetman and Cleopatra De Leon, the ridiculousness of Texas’ legislators’ argument is unmasked. Nicole’s and Cleopatra’s greatest desire is to be a loving and productive family, recognized by their state as both of their children’s legal parents.

This isn’t an abstract argument; these are real issues affecting real people, right now. All we really want is to live the very best lives we can.”

Today’s link offers a glimpse into Nicole’s and Cleo’s love story, as well as some unnerving episodes they have faced, including convincing a case worker that it was in their children’s best interests to have two parents, even if they were lesbians. It also offers a sordid history of Texas’ opposition to same-sex marriages but ends with an encouraging account of recent court activity.

The featured article by Pamela Colloff is a lengthy one from Texas Monthly, but reading every word is worth the time. Trust us!

Read “To Love and to Cherish” from the March 2015 issue of Texas Monthly here.


Corbin Lambeth
Corbin Lambeth is a higher-ed professional, student advocate, finance geek, anti gun-culture, environmentalist, feminist, Jesus follower, and aspiring philosopher-teacher. View more of his writing on his blog .


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