Monday, May 3, 2010

National Same-Sex Commitment Ceremony, the day after

Over 100 couples shared a beautiful moment on May 2, 2010 during the Same-Sex Commitment Ceremony that took place during SundayOUT! at The Piazza. Couples from across the country joined in the ceremony in the presence of thousands of witnesses. The Project-1138 Team and the Equality Forum thank you for those who helped make this a memory to last a lifetime.

Couples exchange vows during the interfaith ceremony on 5/2

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

SundayOUT! At The Piazza Countdown

The Project 1138 team and the Equality Forum welcomes you to participate in SundayOUT! At The Piazza this Sunday, May 2. The events, vendors, activities, and amazing performances will begin at 12:00PM.

We especially welcome you to witness the National Same-Sex Commitment Ceremony where over 100 couples will show their love for each other. This interfaith commitment ceremony will take place at 2:30 at the stage of the Piazza. For more information, please visit the Equality Forum website.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

What kind of world do you want?

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Lauri and Celine

My partner, Lauri, and I got married at sea on 2/14/1991. We had been together for 9 years at that time.....we got married at sea and had the signed document with the captain’s seal just in case it ever became legal! We remained together forever, until she died on 4/19/2005....and we are still together in spirit. I just can't imagine loving anyone else the same way we love each other. It does get lonely at times, but I have lots of really good friends to hang out with...and life is good.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Doug and Michael

We have been together for almost 30 years now. When we met in a bar in Ohio, all of our friends said it would never last! I guess we showed them. We are getting ready to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our Holy Union that was performed at a Metropolitan Community Church in Ohio. We have lived at different periods of time in Ohio, of course, Florida, Maryland, California and Virginia. We were married in California by an old friend and pastor of ours outside of Sacramento August 31, 2007. We are one of the ones that the state still recognizes. Unfortunately, the Federal Government, who I work for, does not. I have not been able to get Michael on my health insurance benefits. In addition, we can't file a joint Federal tax return. This would be a significant benefit for us because of my salary being significantly higher than Michael's. And last but not least, even though Michael is a Veteran, we can not use his VA benefits to buy a house together because the VA will not recognize my income. Even though the Federal Government does not receognize us as a couple because of DOMA, our families do and they include the 3 dogs that we currently have and the three that we have previously had!