Back in March, the District of Columbia began allowing same sex couples the opportunity to marry. The usual suspects attempted to reverse this decision, but in July the courts upheld the original law. DC already had a reputation for being “gay friendly” ( I personally think that the term should be “somewhat tolerant if you stay in limited areas and keep your fondness for one another private”). Friendly is not the word that immediately comes to mind when considering the vitriol and animosity shared by the narrow minded neanderthalic and religious conservatives. To my way of thinking, the human race has bigger fish to fry than expending so much energy on trying to prevent basic human rights and considerations being afforded to EVERYONE.
I do not live in a vacuum and I am perfectly content to accept that there is room on this mortal coil for people of all persuasions. As long as one’s chosen lifestyle does not infringe on the right’s of another, they should have the opportunity to seek “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. ( If that sounds vaguely familiar, it is taken directly from the Declaration of Independence. A little document our founders put together without reference to marital relationships. It was directed to everyone, well almost everyone, it took the Civil Rights Act to increase the African American from 3/5th’s to a whole.)
The DC law has ” leveled the playing field” for same sex couples. Concerns about the right to do something as basic as visiting a partner in the hospital or whom to list as an emergency contact are no longer an issue in the District of Columbia. The law does not mean that those opposed will be silenced, it does mean that if you are in love and want to be married, DC will grant you that opportunity. It’s about time that the removal of stigmas associated with caring for a same sex partner were legislatively removed. It’s about time we allowed couples to legally marry.
I am sure that there will be those that decide to not do business with me because I support this basic human right. Truth be told, I won’t miss them. I would prefer not to do business with people that have a warped sense of supremacy. Business transactions are much smoother when you deal with people that are comfortable in their own skin.
Had the law been passed sooner, I could have attended family members weddings (I was not able to travel to a past wedding that had to take place hundreds of miles away because two people in love happened to be of the same sex.) I won’t drop that old ” I have lots of (gay,black,jewish, insert any group) friends” line. Truth be told, everyone has friends from every walk of life and lifestyle (some of you just don’t know it!).
You see, I don’t care what consenting adults do in their bedroom. Professionally, I want to be sure that they find the bedroom they want. I don’t care who is relegated to cooking. Professionally, I want to be sure that the kitchen they find is suitable for their culinary skills. I don’t care about the ethnic, racial, religious or sexual persuasion of the friends enjoying a backyard barbecue. Professionally, I want to be sure that the backyard is the size they desire. My job is to help people find a place they can call home. I like what I do.
I am a Realtor. I am licensed in the District of Columbia. I don’t believe that your personal comfort zone eliminates me from representing you. I happen to believe that people want experienced assistance. The experience may include people from all walks of life, but the common denominator is the ability to find a home, negotiate a transaction while protecting the client’s interests. The practice of solid real estate is the basis of my business. I love the challenge of finding the right home at the right price for my clients. I think everyone deserves that sort of representation.
I was born in Washington DC and I have seen it go through growing pains and metamorphis into the city it is today. I have watched it move from a sleepy southern town to vibrant metropolis. I miss Griffith Stadium but love the new ballpark. I still sneak a bowl of Chili at Bens now and then. I know the traffic patterns. I am happy that the P Street beach remains and still find spending an afternoon at Dupont Circle relaxing. I am glad the DC government seems to be functioning more smoothly and I share the angst of many with the foibles that are ongoing in the Mayor’s Office and City Council. The city continues to improve despite their short comings.
DC is a Capital City. DC has taken a large step towards equality for all it’s residents. DC is a great place to live. If you are interested in moving to the District of Columbia, I would welcome the opportunity to assist you. I can be reached at 301-509-5111. Isn’t it nice that same sex couples find refuge in DC.