Chris Fraley and Victor Self have been sharing their family story since their marriage celebration on the Rye green two summers ago — the first day same-sex couples could legally wed in New York. (You might remember their appearance on the reality TV show “Pregnant in Heels.”)
They had already exchanged vows in two ceremonies, on in St. Barth’s and one in South Africa. But they wed again to celebrate and honor New York’s decision, by a contentious and close vote in the Legislature, to allow same-sex marriages to be performed in their home state. Chris and Victor have since moved from Rye to Los Angeles, and have had a second daughter through surrogacy.
On Wednesday, after the Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California, Victor joked that they could celebrate a fourth, symbolic wedding in their new state.
They were also cheering the court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, which prevented gay spouses from receiving the same federal benefits as other couples. That will mean practical benefits – like filing federal taxes as a married couple, instead of having to pretend they were single on that form. Victor emphasized how their day-to-day life remains focused on their kids.
“It was very interesting how life was just continuing in the midst of these historic moments,” he said. “For our kids right now, it doesn’t matter, they just want their Cheerios.”
Read more reaction to the Supreme Court decisions in today’s Journal News at LoHud.com.