Ho-Hos and air guitars

By JILL BARKLEY  |  August 4, 2009

Though a date is not officially set, we're hoping for our kind of marriage to be legal, and in between my election cycles, when we do tie the knot. Among questions we are commonly asked is who will propose? Answer: Diane. Though we'll exchange rings, mine will be shinier, and call me traditional, but I've always dreamt of a Prince(ss) Charming, down on one knee. Other answers we often recite are that I'll wear a dress and she won't, we'll both get walked down the aisle, and no, we won't be using a religious institution as a location for the ceremony. However, I'm happy to report that many churches, including the American Baptist one I attend, welcome all couples to their altars.

We'd love to take in some of the scenery of our beautiful coast for the ceremony, as we imagine couples from states where same-sex marriage is not a reality will travel to do someday in the not-so-distant future. Most likely, we'll write our own vows, invite family and friends to participate, and incorporate some female artist folk music, like any good Lesbian couple would do. But those are the details we'll have to sort out as we get through discussions about air guitars and wait for the results of the people's veto on November 3.

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  •   HO-HOS AND AIR GUITARS  |  August 04, 2009
    The fact is, most couples argue in the early stages of wedding planning. My partner, Diane, and I are no exception to this rule. Currently, our biggest argument surrounding plans for our wedding is whether or not she can slide into the ballroom during our reception, performing Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" on her air guitar.
  •   MARRYING INTO HISTORY  |  August 04, 2009
     remember the day Vermont legalized Civil Unions for same-sex couples. I was in college at the time and I remember thinking out loud that I could move there and get "Civil Union-ed" someday. It didn't sound the same as my previous dreams of getting "Married."

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