goin’ to the county clerk’s office, and…

…we’re gonna get married!

We went to our county’s little Pride celebration today, and at the festival was a booth from our county clerk’s office. They were issuing paperwork for marriage licences and making appointments for weddings. So we made one–for tomorrow! We’re getting married tomorrow, June 16th, at 6pm Pacific Time, and we are so very excited.

Honestly, neither J nor I was ever one of those girls who dreamed of getting married, even before we knew we were gay. We had a commitment ceremony back in 2001 where all of our family and friends came to celebrate. It was a joyous occasion.

In 2004, we became as legal as we could in California and became registered domestic partners. This ensured us a number of protections under California law, and at the time, it seemed about as good as we could get unless we moved to Massachusetts or Canada. But now we get to do it for real. It seems monumental.

What we’re particularly excited about is that we get to do it on the very day, within the very hour, that same-sex marriage becomes legal in California. We’re just as excited to be part of history as we are to have our marriage legally recognized by the state. In some ways, it’s very humbling. In other ways, it’s very surreal.

We still aren’t entirely sure what we’re wearing. It’s a little last-minute for wedding dresses, so we’re probably looking at a skirt, some slacks, some white shirts, some flowers. We both have hair that desperately needs to get cut. In short, we’ll be very much ourselves, and somehow, that seems perfect. What’s great is that we’ll be there with dozens of other couples making the same giant step. Wow.

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17 responses to “goin’ to the county clerk’s office, and…

  1. liberationtheory

    congratulations!!! i’m so very thrilled for yall. me and my wife are cu’d in new jersey and i know my sister and her partner are making their appointment in california too (they had a commitment ceremony in april.. 4/20 nonetheless… gottta love cali).

    anyways, i can’t wait to hear all about it!

  2. That’s such good news! Congrats!

  3. congrats!! that is so wonderful. i can’t wait for the day when this benighted country fixes the same-sex immigration situation, so my darling and I can get married.

  4. congrats!! so excited for you, for california, so perfect that you’ll be making history.

  5. jay

    that’s fantastic!! many congratulations! aww. now i’m tearful. bloody weddings!! xxxx

  6. vee

    Wow! How exciting! Congratulations!

  7. Oh my gosh, that’s so freaking exciting! CONGRATS!

  8. this entry was exactly what i needed to start my day. what beautiful, wonderful news! i’m so excited for you gals.

    congratulations!!

  9. R

    Woo hoo!! Can’t wait to hear all about it. Do we get to see pics??? 🙂 CONGRATS ladies!!

  10. wow i just got chills… Congrats ladies! – says the jealous girl in Virginia

  11. Wow! Congratulations girls! I’m thrilled for you both! Very very exciting!!!

    *Wishing we could be doing the same in VA*

  12. tbean

    Oh yay! Such happiness.

    My advice–pick up some flowers from Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s or something and have them wrapped with bows–cheap bouquets and they make the pics looks that much more festive and special.

    Congrats–there was nothing like hearing those words: “By the power vested in me by the state of Massachusetts, I now pronounce you legally married.” Nothing like it.

    hugs

  13. Yay – that’s great you’ll be part of such an historic event.

  14. Congratulations – How very exciting to be married legally. I will be thinkning of you both.

  15. Congrats, congrats, congrats!!! I’m so excited for you (and a little jealous)! Best wishes!

  16. That’s amazing news! What a privilege to be part of such a monumental historical moment, and another chance to prove your devotion to each other.

    Congratulations!

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