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Nov 24, 2008

If the 52 percent of California voters who outlawed same-sex marriage could have listened to the couples on these pages, taking away their right to wed would not have been so easy.

By Anna-Katarina Gravgaard

Next to the fight between Barack Obama and John McCain, the most expensive campaign in this election season was over California’s Proposition 8. When the votes were tallied, same-sex marriage was outlawed. The California result was unique only for its price tag; election day referenda on the issue had the same result in Arizona and Florida, which thus joined 41 other states in restricting lawful marriage to one heterosexual man and one heterosexual woman.
On this page and the next are the stories of two couples. One is a relationship of 18 years between two men who planned their wedding to beat the Proposition 8 ban, but who now worry about their marital status and friends who missed the moment. The other couple, younger, are not ready to marry yet and wonder now if they will ever have the chance.
These couples and others like them feel that the future is on their side, based on what’s happening in other states. Only days after California’s Supreme Court agreed six to one to review the legality of Proposition 8, same-sex marriage became legal in Connecticut, as it is already in Massachusetts. Four other states allow same-sex couples to enter into a civil union, and five more allow them to register as domestic partners.

Watch FLYP’s video interview with James and Vince, a homosexual couple that has been together for 18 years and was legally married before the ban was put in place.

Brad Sears, executive director of the Charles R. Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, believes that within the next year or two New Jersey, New York and Iowa will also allow same-sex marriage, and that Vermont, New Hampshire, Oregon and Washington will eventually follow suit.
“History is on our side,” says Seth Ambrose, defending the parallel between gay rights and civil rights. “Slaves were freed, black people can vote, black people can marry white people. These things always move forward.”

FLYP went and met with Seth and Dustin, a homosexual couple who are not married, but hope that they’ll have the chance to do so legally when they make plans to do so.

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great way to make a serious point

scott adams
Nov 29, 2008

I agree this tells a story that we who have friends and relatives who are gay understand.

scott adams
Nov 29, 2008

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