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 Personal Stories  



 

My Little Girl Dreams
Jessica, Pacifica

Ever since I was a little girl I imagined getting married... what little girl doesn't?



We Made a Vow
Thalia & Mike, Los Angeles

 

We talked about marriage, a lot. But for Mike and me it seemed wrong to take advantage of a right that was denied to so many of our gay and lesbian friends...

 



Marido y Marido
Adolfo & Manuel, Barcelona, España

Hola yo soy Adolfo y mi marido es Manolo. Él es mexicano y yo soy español. Estamos legalmente casados desde el 13 de mayo del 2006...



A Strong Commitment
Amy & Rosie, Rolling Hills Estates


We can't say that "coming out" was easy, but we had a strong commitment to each other that we knew would sustain us through any bumps in the road...




Latino and Catholic = Family and Marriage
Anita & Lydia, Mauricio & Ryan, Oakland
 
In our large Catholic family of nine, we were taught to believe many things but the most important thing that always took priority was family...
 
 


When That Day Comes, We'll Be Ready…
Ray & Michael, Oakland

We're not the type of guys that would be so cutesy as to get married around Valentine's Day...



Lost in the Mail
Byron and Dave, Chicago


For almost 20 years of my life, picking up my mail was like oozing with that gooey feeling you get when you are in love. Now, though, I'm in real love...




Best Woman
Tom & Brad, Chicago

 

In 1999, I had the privilege of being the "best woman" at my friend Tom's commitment ceremony with his partner, Brad...

 



7 Months Pregnant…We were Spouses for Life! At Last…
Margot & Koko, Oakland


 
Our families were shocked when they found out that we were still NOT married...


 
 


I'll Be There…
Dia & Jessica, San Francisco


To look at them together and think, I, too, can have a relationship like that.  I can have that strong a love, 'cause man-oh-man, those two are crazy about each other...



Marriage is Forever
Jean & Toby, Auburn


We knew we wanted a life together. Our dream was someday to be old women with our arms around each other sitting on a porch swing watching our grandchildren playing in the yard...



What Marriage Means to us
Barbara & Kerry, Sacramento


We were only able to marry in our hearts and in the eyes of our church, family and friends, but we're still waiting for the legal recognition of the government...






True Love through True Self-Acceptance
Anand, Silverlake

 


If it were up to me, I'd get rid of civil marriage altogether. That's what I tell people anyway...

 

 



Reflections of a Queer Palestinian-American Mother
Huda & Deanna, Oakland

 

 

Our boys never questioned we were a family until that moment. The internal disruption to their sense of self and family was irreversible... 

 



The Meaning Of Marriage
Aakash & Rochelle, Los Angeles

 
 

As a child of Indian immigrants, I watched my parents make tough sacrifices to ensure that my brother and I had all the support we needed to succeed, and it is because of them that I believe so deeply in the value of family...

 



It Wasn't Until I Met Her that I Truly Understood the Meaning
Christel & Alison, San Diego

 

 

I still secretly fantasized about how nice it would be to walk down the aisle--all eyes on me, in that beautiful, white, breathtaking gown and say "forever" in the words of my God in front of my family and friends...

 



Married but not Legally
Cheryl & Stephanie, Ventura

 

 

As happy as we were, I still felt the angry stab of knowing we could not have that very important piece of paper legally acknowledging our marriage...

 



Traveling through Marriage
Kalil & Karin, Venice

 


Getting down on one knee and proposing to my fiancee was a magical moment for me...

 

 



The Human Family
Deborah, Los Angeles

It is a gift that exists on no registry, that can't be properly expressed in any greeting card, and that has no calculable price...



I want that moment – for myself, for my family
Liam, Oakland

 

This movement has never been about the freedom to marry for myself; I can marry the woman I love someday. I am, however, part of the queer community—my Mom and her partner Nellie have been my model for a healthy, committed relationship for 25 of my 26 years on this planet...



It is the Right Thing to do
Christina & Benita, Le Grand

 

 

Benita and I have been in a domestic partnership for over a year. We have shared our love and commitment to each other. However, there is a part of me that not only feels left unprotected by domestic partnership, but also feels sad...

 



Love Happens
Samantha & Erin, Sierra Madre

 



But what many people who know this family don't realize until they are told is the amount of extra thought, effort, work, and cost that have gone into protecting this family...

 



How I Met My Husband
Brian & Cary, Cathedral City

 



It was a special day that brought our relationship to a new, magical high...

 



Two Sides of the Same Love Story
Anna & Dan, Burbank

 



She set up a beautiful candlelit dinner for us in our friend’s backyard, blindfolded me and drove me over there. I was so nervous when we arrived and I realized that this was it...

 



Equal Protection under Family Court
Lynne, Menlo Park

My greatest allies were the straight families we enjoyed as school and social friends for all those years...



Marriage is a Universal Symbol of Love
Maya and Monifa, Oakland


It's been my life plan as long as I've remembered to have a partner, a family, and a home.  Being gay doesn't in any way compromise that for me...
 



Like Girls
Sarina & Chelsea, Goleta

 

 

We are out to just about everyone that knows us. Now we’re just waiting...


 



They Called Us "Roommates"
Bill & Marvin, Hayward
   


In the 1950's, when I was a teenager in Flint, Michigan, I fell in love.  Bill was tall, dark and handsome...


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