I’ve been to a fair number of weddings in my life. The first one I remember was that of my dad’s cousin Georgie when I was probably 12 or so, maybe even younger. There have been family weddings, friends’ weddings, Catholic weddings, Protestant weddings, secular weddings, weddings in churches, halls, and even one at the Philadelphia Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (and yes, that was as awesome as you’d think). There have been big weddings and small weddings, black tie and casual. There was even my own wedding, twelve years and two weeks ago.
Today, however was a very, very special wedding. Just a couple of hours ago, Kris and I were fortunate enough to be included in the wedding of two very dear friends of ours, friends we met through our association with Prince George’s Little Theatre. After seventeen years together, thanks to rulings in DC and Maryland, our wonderful friends Roy and Billy were at last able to make their union official. They were legally married in Washington, DC yesterday, and today their marriage was blessed at their church near here in Glenn Dale, MD. (Maryland does not yet allow same-sex marriages, but will acknowledge those performed in states where they are legally recognized.)
To see these two men together, one cannot doubt that they were destined to find one another and spend their lives together. They are so different in many ways – one tall and thin and the other short and stocky, one gregarious and the other much quieter – and yet they are such a perfect fit. When the ceremony started, and I saw them standing together at the back of the church, holding hands and with the most amazing expressions of love and happiness on their faces, tears immediately sprang to my eyes.
I feel so very blessed to have been a part of this amazing day. I know that many who oppose marriage equality claim that it will devalue “traditional” marriages, but I have to say that for me, I have never felt more married to my beloved husband than I did when I got to see these two amazing men finally get to be recognized as just as much a couple as we are.
Congratulations, Roy and Billy. We love you both very much, and we are so thankful that we are a part of your lives, and that we were there for this wonderful step.