DOMA’s principal effect is to identify a subset of state- sanctioned marriages and make them unequal. The principal purpose is to impose inequality, not for other reasons like governmental efficiency. Responsibilities, as well as rights, enhance the dignity and integrity of the person. And DOMA contrives to deprive some couples married under the laws of their State, but not other couples, of both rights and responsibilities... By this dynamic DOMA under- mines both the public and private significance of state-sanctioned same-sex marriages; for it tells those couples and all the world, that their otherwise valid marriages are unworthy of federal recognition... Under DOMA, same-sex married couples have their lives burdened, by reason of government decree, in visible and public ways. By its great reach, DOMA touches many aspects of married and family life, from the mundane to the profound.... DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a State entitled to recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty. It imposes a disability on the class by refusing to acknowledge a status the State finds to be dignified and proper. DOMA instructs all federal officials, and indeed all persons with whom same-sex couples interact, including their own children, that their marriage is less worthy than the marriages of others. The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity.
Eating outside Fireworks Beer in coozies Playing with the sprinkler Buddy in a bathing suit long days late sunset popsicles three day weekends fourth of july lots of strawberries buddy's birthday wedding anniversary baseball. June gloom!! Two nephews' birthdays
We saw Little Luz get baptised on Saturday. That's what buddy calls her. Luz! Heeee. Anyways, the church had an awesome little garden on the side and so we took the opportunity to do a buddy photo shoot.
That same day, we went to see the Yankees lose their panties to the Angels. Unfortunate but true. Here's a pic of Ichiro, though.
And it was father's day! And we celebrated. But, I don't have proof of that with pictures.
The coolest perk by far that I've ever had was going to Hawaii for work. My first job was working public relations in San Francisco in the dotcom era. Many of our clients were real, real dumb dot coms, but we also did pr for the tourism industry. One of our clients was the Hotel Hana Maui (which now has a new name, apparently, the Travaasa), but you can still see pictures here.
I got to stay for three or four days? I don't remember. I do remember that I had a jacuzzi on my deck and I took a two seater plane from Honolulu to Hana, Maui that was totally scary and ridiculously beautiful.
So, yeah. Free, all expense paid trip to paradise? Best perk.
I drove to Hollywood to see a friend's screening of his film. In true LA form, traffic driving to Hollywood was unbelievable. I mean I literally sat for 10 minutes and didn't go anywhere. I cut out and took side streets, where my poor darling Subaru was beaten up by a crazy homeless dude.
When I got near Hollywood and Highland, I started to look for parking. I drove into a valet lot and the dude asked me where I was going. I told him which theater I was going to, he turned his nose up and said they didn't have any parking available for that theater. Bah! So, I found a five dollar lot and parked the 'ru. While putting on my new wedge sandals, a little mini cooper honked her tiny horn so I could get out of her way so she could pull in. Sigh.
I walked the three blocks to the dive bar I was meeting my girlfriend at for a beer prior to the show. Walking along Hollywood Blvd is genius and disgusting. Walking over all the stars with names on them, tourists EVERYWHERE and people trying to holler at you. Just like Times Square.
We met at a great dive bar that had booths open and good beer on tap. (As well as bad beer.)
We strolled over to catch the screening and the film...was short. Great to see my friend, though.
We drove up to Fresno on Friday to see Dani graduate high school. We got there a little late, and squeezed in with Gabs and her whole family. We were a tad alarmed that it would take a long time for the names of the 560 graduates to be called, but it was a breeze and flew by in less than an hour. I can't believe Dani's all grown up! She looks beautiful and grown up.
It's possible that it flew by because these two little boys are who I spent the hour staring at. Gabby's nephews are unbelievably cute.
Then this happened.
We headed out after a nice pizza party and noticed it sure gets hot in Fresno!
Here's the view from the Ly's deck. Nice, huh?
And here's the two girls playing.
And drinking juice.
Thank you, Lys!!!
Princess did so good the whole way. She slept on the way home after we put on her PeeJays. We got home in five hours from the bay. Wow!
We're getting buddy a new bed and thought about forgoing the "toddler bed" and just getting her a regular twin bed. But, this is how she sleeps so probably best to have a low bed with a few bars on the side.