10 Things That Made Me Cry About Legal Gay Marriage in Washington and Maryland

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1. Happy photos in the news today as gay or lesbian couple after couple at long last apply for their marriage licenses.

2. Couples in Washington state camping out all night to be the first recipients at 12:01 am. I can just hear Etta James singing “At Last.”

3. Reports that champagne was flowing in the lines. Of course there was champagne!

4. The first couple in Seattle, according to ABC News:

In Seattle, the mood was festive. Volunteers distributed roses, coffee and fruit. Couples canoodled to keep warm. Champagne was poured. Different groups of men and women serenaded the waiting line, one to the tune of “Going to the Chapel.”

“We waited a long time. We’ve been together 35 years, never thinking we’d get a legal marriage. Now I feel so joyous I can’t hardly stand it,” said 85-year-old Pete-e Petersen, who with her partner, 77-year-old Jane Abbott Lighty, were the first to get a license.

5. Their names! Pete-E and Jane! And they are 85 and 77! Imagine what those adorable lesbians have lived through. Pete-e and Jane forever!

6. There is a 3-day waiting period, so Sunday is the first day weddings can be held. Imagine the florists and tailors and caterers and wedding planners-with-clipboards at work right now. Fabulous is just about to get fabulous-er.

7. Big tears: Reports that judges are volunteering to marry couples on Sunday. They know this matters and will give up precious personal time to be on the right side of history, making a difference in people’s lives without making them wait one more day to be married. How beautiful is that?

8. Maryland too! Couples can score licenses in Maryland, but need to wait until January 1 for ceremonies.

9. It’s also the eve of a big day for the Supreme Court. They are expected to announce tomorrow which of the stack of gay marriage cases in front of them, if any, they will hear next year. So many have sacrifices so much to try to get these DOMA challenge and Proposition 8 cases to be heard that it brings me to my knees.

10. Champagne. They had some while in line, so I think we should have some at home to celebrate as well. I’m going to pour a mimosa to toast my queer family in Washington and Maryland, and to serve as good luck toward the Supreme Court tomorrow–and a few mimosas later I’ll be crying again.

It’s a good day for love and justice, fellow Americans, love and justice for all. Cheers Pete-e and Jane! Cheers to us all!


Check out some of my other posts on Babble Voices: 

Gay Marry Me: We’re on the Right Side of History

Parents as Gender Warriors

Watching Gay Parents on The New Normal

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Coming Out with Anderson and Megan

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