The Netherlands was the first country in the world to permit gay marriage. I am proud to live in a country that paved the way for 28 other countries that have extended the right to marry to families like ours. Since 2001, 15,000 other couples have tied the knot here. The way the ceremonies are run is quite pragmatic; there must be one person on staff in every municipality to perform a ceremony. That way there is no Kim Davis type grandstanding.
My one of my biggest blessings is that I was able to find my wife and get married to her in 2014. Another blessing is to be able to live in a country that lead the way for gay rights, and to be alive now, when so much more is possible than in the past. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but we’ve also been able to achieve a lot in a relatively short amount of time.
My wife and I were married one year before gay marriage was legalized in the US. We lived through some difficult times in Texas. We need to remember where we’ve been, and continue to fight to keep the rights we’ve gained, both for ourselves, and those that come after us.