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Today the two of us, sans children will enter the Moultrie Courthouse with our $35.00 in hand and our paperwork complete and will apply for a marriage license.  Our Nation’s Capital; the place that I travel to every day for work; the place where we lived up until 2004; the place where we met that strange day after 9/11; has made it possible for my partner and I to be married, legally. 

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“Hands, hands.”  That one word, repeated twice, has big implications for our family.  On a recent road trip it became apparent that everywhere we went, the little guy was going to rat us all out.  The first and most blatant time was in Pennsylvania…rural, western Pennsylvania.  We already look a little different, maybe curious–black man, white man, brown baby.  After driving for nearly four hours we pulled into the local Bob Evans.  I had never been to one before and it was described to me as a step above a Denny’s–good enough for breakfast.  Traveling through rural areas of Pennsylvania and New York a lot of the towns have similar names.  I am still not sure if we were in Williamsberg or Williamsport.  It was small, monochromatic and we already stuck out. Read the rest of this entry »

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It was a sound like someone pulling the nails out of the floorboards under the bed.  It was a sound like a ghost in the attic.  It was a sound like someone trying not to make a sound.         

-John Irving

 The Blackberry that was assigned to me on my new job went off on Saturday morning at 5:00 am. 

 “What is that?  Is that your phone going off?” 

 Oh, how I hate being woken early on a weekend.  It’s bad enough the alarm goes off every other day of the week when no one else in my neighborhood is up.  Even the paper doesn’t get delivered until after I leave the house.  So, I got up and powered the thing off.  No more buzzzzzzz on the dresser on a Saturday morning.  However, twenty minutes and some sound sleeping later: Read the rest of this entry »

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We were on the Mall two weekends ago–no, not celebrating the new day in American politics or even scoping out some choice spots for the inauguration.  We were there to demand our rights.  You see the decisive victory for Barak Obama and Democrats nationwide cast the night of November 4 into a kind of blue euphoria that lasted through the evening and into the next day.  But as the morning news broke, it became clear that something was still very wrong in America.  Several amendments to State constitutions prohibiting gays and lesbians from marrying, passed in a handful of States and sadly one that prohibits unmarried couples from fostering or adopting children in the State of Arkansas, a measure admittedly directed at gays and lesbian couples.  These results did not take long to stir indignity and anger.  Protests began shortly after the announcement of the passage of Proposition 8 in California and continued both virtually and on the streets more than a week later.  Read the rest of this entry »

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