Mastery in pulling off the perfect proposal
05 Junio 2018 13:36
What started off as a regular game of Pictionary for two Seattle girls turned out to be a hilarious and unforgettable experience for both of them.
Berkley Cade and Tori Monaco were playing the drawings-based guessing game at the former's parent's house the weekend before Valentine's Day. Cade was up on the board, and started writing 'will you marry me', when Monaco got down on one knee and simultaneously asked Cade at the same. In response, all that Cade could do was pull out the engagement ring that she was hiding behind the sofa, with which she had planned to 'ambush' Monaco.
'We kept it a secret from each other!' Cade said, while Monaco said, incredulously, that it seemed like a joke.
It turns out that the mastermind behind this simultaneous proposal was Cade's mum, who pulled the strings and separately suggested to both girls to propose to each other during that fateful February Pictionary game.
The legalisation of marriage between same-sex couples in the United States has picked up much speed in the past couple of decades. The first US state to make same-sex marriages legal was Massachusetts in 2004 after the judgment of the state's Supreme Court in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health.
Within a decade, and following a string of lawsuits challenging the ban on recognising same-sex unions, a number of other states legalised them either through federal court decisions or via popular vote, like in the examples of Maine, Maryland, and Washington.
However, the most pivotal catalyst for change was the Supreme Court verdict in United States vs Windsor, which struck down legislation that barred the recognition of same-sex marriages on a federal level. This case concerned Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer, a same-sex couple that lived in New York, and who became lawfully married in Toronto, Canada, in 2007. In 2008, the New York state recognised their marriage after a court decision.
When Spyer died in 2009, she left her whole estate to Windsor. However, when Windsor claimed federal estate tax exemption for widowed spouses, she was denied it, because Section 3 of the Defence of Marriage Act stipulated that the term 'spouse' was only for marriages between a man and woman.
In June 2013, and after much judicial deliberation, the federal Supreme Court reached a 5–4 decision and declared that Section 3 was unconstitutional 'as a deprivation of the liberty of the person protected by the Fifth Amendment.' Two years later, in June 2015, the Supreme Court officially struck down every ban on same-sex marriages and legalised it in all of the 50 US states.
The struggle for equality between LGBTQIA+ and cis-heterosexual people extends to more than just legislation, however. Bigotry and prejudice still exist as a toxic force in society that can't be eradicated purely through legislation. Nevertheless, having the support of your government plays a big role in changing hearts and minds and, if the cute proposal video is any indication, we are certainly headed towards the right direction.