Wedding announcements are extra-special when marriage is newly-legalized for a group of citizens who were previously arbitrarily excluded. Yes, Terry and I are finally going to make honest women of each other and get married.
The great majority of our friends, and some family are excited and happy for us. Certain family members are less than enthused due to their religious beliefs. Me, I figure when your religious faith makes you treat anyone as lesser, both you and your religion stink.
The big event is March 28, 2015, which is also our tenth anniversary of being together. It’s going to be one heck of a fun celebration, totally personal and completely non-traditional. Oh I know, the usual tradition is for people who haven’t set foot inside a church for decades to desire a religious wedding all full of dull drony prayers and irrelevant ceremonies. But we’re not very traditional.
In the past we discussed having some kind of ceremony even though it would not be legally binding, but never worked up much enthusiasm for it. Legal marriage confers literally hundreds of special legal rights and privileges you can’t get any other way, and that most people take for granted. Inheritance, Social Security and pension benefits, property rights, medical decisions, parenal rights and obligations, and many many more– this is a very big deal, and I am happy we can make this final commitment to each other.