With Inauguration Day upon us we are thinking about the important things that these United States were formed and stand for: life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, equality, and free speech.
In the Watson Sive family we only have to go to the lives of our parents for stories that embody these values–the immigrant finding haven and home, veterans fighting tyranny, the advocate working towards the right and the good. And in our lives, the story of marriage equality.
To celebrate these American values and actions, to honor American democracy and process, and to continue important work, Watson Kennedy will be donating 100% of our sales in the shops & website on Inauguration Day to: NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) Of which, by the way, my father-in-law David was a founder. ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) HRC (Human Rights Campaign)
Yesterday was a hugely emotional day for me/us. I have usually steered clear of writing about politics and religion, as the topics are more than covered in the daily papers and on a continuous stream of television. But this seems so very different, so very personal. The Supreme Court decision yesterday effected us personally, greatly. To quote President Obama, “When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free.”
Yesterday made the day we got married in a little garden overlooking the Hudson River in Nyack, New York, even more meaningful. We are now afforded the same rights as all married couples throughout our country. I must admit, growing up in a small town in the Midwest, I never dreamt I would see this day. Being gay was something to hide. It was made fun of, ridiculed. The kids who were thought to be gay were taunted, bullied. I was able to hide who I was behind the success of being an athlete. My hope is that where we are headed means more acceptance for all. Our differences are what make this country so exceptional. The God that I know is one of absolute love for all. It seems so strange to read/hear about the hate focused on this, when really all it is, is just accepting love.