In our December 2013 issue, I was almost giddy in my front page column about the 'momentous year' 2013 had been, and dwelled particularly on the advances in marriage equality, with 17 states and the District of Columbia having legal same-sex marriage. But I was somber about the red states, where so many of us live.
So imagine my surprise on December 20, when a Federal District Judge in Utah overturned that state's ban on gay marriage. Before the Supreme Court stepped in on January 6, and 'stayed' the decision, pending appeal, over 1000 Utah couples got married. The Utah decision stunned me, particularly when I realized that my home state, Oklahoma, and Utah are both in the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. So I thought, once the 10th Circuit rules on Utah's appeal, maybe, just maybe, it would apply in Oklahoma as well. You can always hope, you know?
Charlotte Prime Timer members Sam Powell (president of the chapter), Max Carroll (their communications director) and Frank Mansfield attended the new Columbia SC chapter's first meeting on Sunday, January 26. Sam, the featured speaker, shared successes of the Charlotte chapter and listed things contributing to the Charlotte chapter's growth, including the social and support benefits of Prime Timers.