I have had the pleasure of meeting Dustin Lance Black - or Lance as he calls himself - on three occasions and have found him to be a sweet, thoughtful and unassuming individual. He is also someone who has been on a mission to bring marriage equality nationwide and was a founding member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights. Now, Black is engaged to marry Olympian Tom Daley and he has made some touching statements. The Christofascists seek to denigrate same sex love, but Lance's statements cut through to the beauty of loving same sex relationships. Here are excerpts from Gay Star News:
Newly engaged, Oscar winning screenwriter and LGBTI activist Dustin Lance Black is opening up about his feelings for fiance Tom Daley and their relationship.‘I met someone who completely gets me,’ he tells the podcast Defining Marriage.
‘I definitely know that we’re better for having each other. We dream bigger. Things seem so much more possible together. Two and a half years in and it still feels like every day is a dream.’
The couple announced their engagement with an announcement in a British newspaper last month.
He says of getting married: ‘There’s power in the word, that the word is understood by society and it means that when you say “I’m married” or getting married, it’s a promise you make to the person you love, and I think that promise creates so much. It creates so much potential, and is understood by so many people.’
Black, who won the Academy Award in 2009 for his screenplay for the film Milk, has been deeply involved in the fight for same-sex marriage in the US. He was a founding member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights which successfully fought in the US Supreme Court for marriage equality in California.
He recalls the dreams he said in his speech the night he accepted his Oscar: ‘There’s two things I said: I said full federal equality, and we have that now in terms of marriage; I also said that one day I hoped that I’d be able to fall in love and get married. I never dreamed in that time I would meet somebody and fall in love and get engaged. I just never knew if that was something I’d be able to appreciate in my own lifetime.’
I wish them both much happiness. I was especially touched by Lance's comments because my husband often describes me to others as "Someone who Completely Gets Him."