So I've been going to a lot of weddings this year. And when I say a lot, I mean:
January: 1 in Kansas
February: 1 in Iowa
July: 2 in Iowa (including my own legal wedding, woo hoo!)
August: 1 in Iowa
And now I have one more to report:
September: 1 in Maryland
This last one stands out to me because 1) they hold a special place in my heart, not the least because they hold a special place in my husband's heart and 2) they're another gay couple. I won't quibble here between "marriage" and "domestic partnership" (since that's what Maryland offers). It could have just as easily been called "the cutest thing ever" and it would be just as accurate.
It was late on Friday afternoon when my husband and I went with them to the notary public to sign the documentation. It seemed to go so fast, with a flurry of signing and then we were out the door. I just had to hold us up and say "wait a second, I think we need to think about what just happened!" It was adorable how walking down the street from the store back to the car they held hands, just a comfortable, relaxing stroll of a partnered couple.
These friends have been together for quite some time now and, like my husband and I, have worked through many religious issues of their own, as well as have dealt with nonsupportive parents. But through it all, they have come out with a stronger relationship that I hope will continue to blossom over the coming years. Congratulations, (DJ)^2 (or JD^2?)!
(Note: there are an additional two weddings to go to this year ... bringing the total to ::drum roll:: 8!)
(Day 466 ... can you believe how big a number that is?!)