Saturday, September 21, 2013

Legally Wed!

Although Noell and I held a wedding ceremony last year, we technically were not "married" in any legal way.  We knew what the climate was for gay marriage and we felt strongly that the current fight going on would end in our least eventually.  We decided to skip the whole Domestic Partnership thing and hold out for the real deal.  We wanted the for-sure, can-leave-money-to-my-wife-without-unfair-taxes, visit-each-other-in-the-hospital, can-file-for-taxes-jointly, SS-benefit-receiving, forever-legally-binding type of marriage.

And we got it!

In June, 2013, (a little over a year after our original ceremony) the Supreme Court made two historic rulings regarding same-sex marriage.  One was the denial to hear the case of the upholding of Prop 8 in CA.  The other was the striking down of DOMA. If you are not familiar with these rulings, feel free to Google any of them or check out this article.

We quickly decided that we needed to act sooner rather than later. Several of our friends were married 5 years ago when it was legal in CA but some had missed the window of legality back then, and they regretted it.  We didn't want to take any chances in case this was not a "forever" decision in the state of CA.  Luckily for us, this time it seems to be sticking and there is little serious talk of overturning anything in CA at present.

We wanted a small, simple ceremony since both of us considered our wedding a year ago to be the "real" wedding.  We asked our friend Thyme to marry us as she is licensed to do so in CA.  We invited just a handful of people out to Sunset Cliffs and had a quicky wedding.  Followed by pizza and beer. 'Cause that's how we roll.

The ceremony.


The wedding group.

Not the official kiss.

The cutest baby, Noa. (Thyme and Adria's daughter)

A lot of love on that cliff. 

Pizza and beer.

Thyme signing the official paperwork.

Thank you to everyone who came and celebrated with us.  Special thank you to Thyme for being our officiant and writing meaningful and personal vows for us.

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