In defending his actions, Hanes said, "I decided to come down on the right side of history and the law."
While I believe that DOMA - whether at the federal level or at the state level - is inherently unfair, my first impression when I heard the news last week was that Hanes was breaking the law. So, as much as I admired his bold act of civil disobedience, I was uncomfortable about it.
Then today happened.
State officials are suing Hanes in hopes of getting a court order to stop him from issuing marriage licenses.
Meanwhile, the ACLU has filed a lawsuit challenging the state's marriage law.
Just as the federal lawsuits against DOMA resulted in that law being overturned, I am hoping that one or both of these state-level suits result in a similar ruling at the state level.
Much of our progress in America through the decades was the result of brave people boldly engaging in civil disobedience. With that in mind, I am no longer uncomfortable with Hanes's actions. Indeed, I applaud him for going there, and I hope to someday shake his hand.