A few weeks ago two of my friends got married. Marriages in general are joyous and celebrated occasions, but this one even more so. They had been married in every sense of the word, except legally, for years, standing by each other through raising a child (now a teenager), job changes, house remodeling, cancer—you name it—the usual challenges (and pleasures and comforts) of a married couple. But they did so without legal rights and protections.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://spectrummagazine.org/article/joelle-chase/2013/09/14/upholding-law-open-interpretation