FORT WORTH, Texas -- For Steven Rains, the Defense of Marriage Act is very much alive.
In 2008, Rains and his partner, Donald Condit, drove from Fort Worth, Texas, to the Riverside County town of Hemet, where Condit’s parents lived, to marry during the brief window when California allowed same-sex marriages before voters banned them again under Proposition 8. A federal court overturned that ban in 2010, although it wasn’t until 2013 that the marriages resumed.
“We got in the car and drove,” Rains said. “We didn’t even want to wait a couple of weeks for a decent airline ticket.”