Last week was historic for the institution of marriage, with the Supreme Court ruling that gay marriage is a constitutional right in all 50 states. Margaret Wheeler Johnson, managing editor of Bustle, took the day as an opportunity to share a significant moment from her personal life, which she detailed in a touching personal essay following the decision. In the latest episode of “The Labor of Love,” one of Real Simple’s podcasts, host and RealSimple.com editor Lori Leibovich speaks to Johnson, who recently celebrated two years of marriage with her wife, about the essay, her response to critics who say gay marriage is an assault on their religious freedoms, and how she, her wife, and their daughter celebrated the monumental decision.
In the essay, Johnson writes about a gay marriage panel debate she attended at the age of 16. The lobbyist from the conservative group referred to gay people who wanted to marry as “deviants,” and although she had never spoken publicly about her mother being gay, Johnson took to the microphone to address the panelist. Johnson also opens up about the criticism and prejudice her mother faced as a young gay woman, what it was like when her mother came out, and how her mother’s strong example allowed Johnson to be true to herself. Listen to the conversation between Leibovich and Johnson below, and don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes.