Meet the grooms, Ed and Erwin. They’re legally married. And, it matters.

Joann Armao and her colleagues on the Washington Post’s editorial board think it’s acceptable to elect a NOM-backed homophobe, Delano Hunter, to the D.C. City Council. In fact, the Post endorsed Hunter, noting “Mr. Hunter is not a supporter of marriage equality.” Marriage equality matters to real people.

Armao and her colleagues should read the featured wedding story in today’s Post. It tells the story of Ed Urbaniak and Erwin Lobo, who got married in DC in August. They’re the parents of two young boys. And, Erwin is fighting a deadly cancer. Marriage equality matters:

“Everyone knows their time is finite, but you think about it more when something like this happens,” says Urbaniak. “Make sure you do today what you can’t do tomorrow.”

Lobo wept as he followed Urbaniak and their sons down a path between 50 friends, all dressed in white, who’d gathered in the sunlit garden of the Meridian House on Aug. 14. Urbaniak’s parents watched via webcam as the men promised to care for each other in sickness and health. Urbaniak’s parents would have been there, but his father had learned that he had lung cancer.

The day was, in Lobo’s words, “a celebration of life.”

“I’m very, very lucky,” he says. “A lot of people just leave their homes and get shot or get in an accident. They won’t have the chance to say goodbye to their families.”

Lobo worries that he won’t be able to repay the caring Urbaniak has given him. But he worries more about leaving the two young boys at the heart of their union.

“It’s unfair for them to lose me at this time,” he says. “That’s why I’ll hold on until I can’t.”

Take a few minutes to watch the video. It’s a tear-jerker.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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