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Sadness to JoyJuly 28, 2005

The rage doesn't get me often. In the face of all the world's sadnesses and atrocities and wars and genocides and stupid politicians making permanent black marks on the soul of the planet, I listen and wish and hope for the best. I'm political in my own quiet way: here, on this blog, with friends, in public when it's necessary.

But the state execution of the two gay teenagers in Iran has me seriously shaken. It happened a week ago today, and I bet you didn't even know about it, did you? It had me so upset that I tried to put it out of my mind, which I can't, and shouldn't.

Two teenagers, Mahmoud Asgari, 16, and Ayaz Marhoni, 18, were held in prison for fourteen months (fourteen MONTHS), and were lashed 228 times. They were accused of having sex with each other and of raping another 13 year old boy. They did admit to having consensual sex with each other, but human rights groups believes they were coerced into these admissions, and there is speculation that the rape charge was fraudulent, an attempt to avoid international censure.

Iran's Sharia law calls for the death penalty for gay sex, and girls can be killed at age nine, boys at age fifteen. Unimaginable.

They were hanged, publicly, a week ago today. Babies, both of them. Their mothers watching. The whole country watching. Ten percent of Iran's population knowing that the same could happen to them if they ever admitted to their illegal predilection.

Ali Asgari, in a quote to the Iran Focus, said, "These individuals were corrupt. Their sentence was carried out with the approval of the judiciary and it served them right."

I saw still photos of them, being led out to the execution, crying. There aren't words for the horror of it.

And here, in much lesser but still shaking news, two days ago California approved a ballot initiative aiming  to add an amendment banning same-sex marriage. Attorney General Bill Lockyer reworded the title of it from "The Voters' Right to Protect Marriage Act" to "Marriage. Elimination of Domestic Partnership Rights." That's right, Bill. Call it what it is.

The measure would void and restrict registered domestic partner rights from things like hospital visits. Adoption. Insurance benefits. Little unimportant things like these.

According to Seth Kilbourn, VP of HRC's Marriage Project, it would "strip away more rights from more families that any other proposal we have seen in any other state." It would permanently ban all legal protections. And two similar ballot measures are expected to get initial approval this week, also.

Lala and I had a conversation about this a while back. We knew that no matter what, no matter how we felt about it, we'd end up being political.

See, we're getting married.

Yup.

Some of you already knew -- it's not like it's been a big secret, but we took our time telling family and friends, so I've taken my time blogging it. (It was decidedly delicious, those first few weeks, when no one knew, not even family. Such a lovely secret to carry around. And then I had the ring, the sweet gold antique ring from the 1880s, and just glancing at it gave me such a thrill. Still does.)

It's early, see, but we've known for a long time, since maybe month two or three, even though neither of us admitted as much to each other until month six. (No, we won't go into the proposal. It was mutual. She may have said the word first, but I was hot on her heels. Then we were terrified. In the good way.)

I never saw this coming. I never planned to be married. Wasn't important to me. Then suddenly, it was.

She's the one for me. She's smart, funny, and one of the kindest people I've ever been lucky enough to meet. She's hot. She makes me want to be a better person. I don't have to babysit her in a crowd. She knits. She's a kick-ass musician. And just sitting on the couch doing nothing with her is the best place in the whole world to be.

No one can tell me that's wrong. No one can tell me God thinks it's wrong, because He doesn't. A small-minded, bigoted person's small-minded lesser deity might think it's immoral, but who cares? I don't care about your tiny, wrathful god.

But let's fight for love, shall we? Isn't it good, finding it where we can? Who would stop happiness? Only someone terrified of what was in their own heart. But that's not us, is it?

Instead, we cross our fingers and look at stars and wish for forgiveness and acceptance in Iran, and we wish for the United States to realize that this is really about civil rights. We won't allow America to demote us to second-class citizens. We won't be pushed to the back of the bus. You'll help, right? You'll donate money to the right places, to the wheels that turn the cogs in the right places, and you'll speak out loud, even if you're scared?

Lala and I, who want to be together, to live our lives together, as a family, thank you.

Oh, and I'm knitting the wedding dress.

Engaged
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Comments

Let me be the first.... please... CONGRATULATIONS!!! And felicitations (that's s'posed to be for the bride). Mwah! Mwah!

YAAAY!!! Congrats on the engagement! I am seriously saddened by some of the actions states are taking with the whole marriage ban. I'm hoping people will wise up and see just that Love is love and its beautiful - so are you two. :)

Congratulations! It's fun being a blog reader who has "known" you before you met Lala and has watched your life change in such good ways. Isn't it funny how you can't help being political. For me, it was the precious child in my K class with two mommies that I loved and admired and then learning out how FEW parental rights the non-birth mother has even though she has legally adopted her daughter. Our Va. laws seem to be punitive in many cases and it is lucky that they are surrounded by VERY supportive grandparents which is their only guarantee that no matter what happens they will both be this child's parents for life. How absurd! Jane

I think I'm going to cry (sadness for the Iranian story and joyfulness for you and Lala). Remember what you said about not looking for a girlfriend, way back when? Ha! The universe had other plans, didn't it!

I just cried as I read your post...I have been engaged since last November to my fantastic and amazing partner, Denise, and I cannot imagine counting myself out of a fight regarding our life together! Count me in! I am thrilled that you have also found someone who makes you that happy...That's the kind of love that makes this fight so worth it...Congratulations!

Congratulations!

And you're right, about it all, very very right...

Hope the knitting goes smoothly! :o)

Anna

Congratulations! I am so happy for you. But I am also jealous. I desperately wanted an Irish crocheted wedding dress. I settled for renting an antique lace dress. Oh Rachael...this is such wonderful happy news. I agree with you...if one is lucky enough to find love--be happy for them. So fucking divisive this world is. But you and Lala...together. Can I help? Like with the dress? A sleeve?

Ah, you just took me on such a roller coaster ride. The world scares me so much. I feel safe and I feel like my children are safe, and then...wow. And I clicked on Mandy's link and it's a kid porn site and I'm just....ack! What the hell is going on.

But what I wanted to say, and the real point in the midst of all this insanity is CONGRATULATIONS! Love will win out, I have to trust that.

Congratulations on your very happy news of your engagement! Woo hoo!

Congratulations! All my best to both of you!

Such a mixture of bitter and sweet.

Congratulations to you both, true love is the BEST.

Thanks for sharing the Iran story. It's given me so much to think about, ouch, so much.

I love your blog and am certainly looking forward to pics of the wedding dress!!!

Okay, I've been reading for a while, and have never commented to you before, so I feel a little wierd saying congratulations -- but I'm so happy to read it! So, Congrats! :)

Oh, oh, OH! ConGRATUlations! NORma!

That was a roller-coaster-ride post. I'm absolutely SICKENED by the beginning. I'm so glad you wrapped it up with such incredibly wonderful news. mwah!

Congratulations to you and LaLa. Thank you for telling us about the two little boys or sadly I would not have known a thing. It totally breaks my heart. This world can be such a terrible place. It is so wonderful when people can find love and happiness in it. Congrats again and best wishes to you both!

Just been waiting for the official word. Knew it was going to happen. Just knew it. Congrats!

You two ROCK. What a statement to make, to fight for love. Félicitations et bisoux à vous deux. I'm in tears, and giddily happy for you :-)

you made me cry at work. first in a sad way, then in a happy way.

i read about the iran boys a few days ago -- just can't bring myself to look at any pics...i'm political in the way you are...i get a bit comsumed sometimes...watch out for mitt romney, he's prepping for pres, just vetoed emergency contraception bill here in ma, what's the saying? if you're not outraged, you're not paying attention...thank goddess in spite of all this nastiness and tragedy there are glimmers of hope like you and lala...smiling for you now, girlies! ooh and i've seen some of those wildknit wedding dresses -- katharine cobey's comes to mind...

CONGRATULATIONS!

(which always seems too small of a word for something as momentous as locating your soulmate, but still) CONGRATULATIONS!

(Eek. I got all misty eyed at work over the Eenternet.)

Never doubt what your heart tells you, and never trust government.

I don't even know where to start -
no, I didn't know about the execution in Iran, and I am horrified that 1) it happened and 2) that I DIDN'T know about it.

Next - CONGRATULATIONS! We should all be lucky enough to find the kind of love that you and Lala share, and you should unequivocably have the same rights as anyone. I am very glad to live in Massachusetts now, and I am constantly explaining to very surprised people that California has consistently passed (IMHO) such prejudiced legislation that I felt ashamed to live there (Hi - illegal immigrant children? We don't think you should be able to go to our public schools or get health care. ARGH!).

But, bottom line - best of wishes to you and your girl for a lifetime of love and friendship and joy. mwah!

Mazel Tov! Warms my heart to hear such good news! (Especially after the Iran news.)

I hope you have lifetimes of happiness together.

Congratulations to both of you! You look so happy!

Rachael! I've only emailed you a couple times, but it's so wonderful to hear of someone finding such happiness in life. I hope more people will come to feel as I do about gay marriage and rights... I'm just thankful people are able to care deeply for another person, and who cares about the gender. :|

It's so horribly heartbreaking about those boys in Iran. The only good that can come of it is to make people realize just how ABSURD all this hate is. AND that it's not going away any time soon...

Yay for Banjo-Girl and The Knitter!!!! Much love and happiness to you both.

W. :)

Congrats to you and Lala, Rachael! May you have much happiness and joy as you plan your lives together. There's nothing more wonderful in the world than finding the person you're meant to share the world with.

Congratulations!

CONGRATULATIONS FROM BOSTON!

Here, the new marriage laws didn't really affect anyone. Well, except, the steps of the State House are a little busier (popular place to get hitched here)... and I have been invited to some more "bridal" showers than I expected this summer! If the most "puritanical" state in the country can "get over it" (my nana's words), then your state can too! Bostonians, at least proper Bostonians, have always had a few "rules to live by": 1. don't talk about money, if you have it you know it, if you don't you know that too; 2. what you do and don't do behind closed doors is your business; 3. this is the ORIGINAL location of the "convenience marriage", where there are "understandings" in place.
Give our (mini and PC) congrats to LaLa too... have fun planning the wedding! Oh, and you aren't "political"...you're in LOVE! :)

CONGRATS AGAIN! (oh... two knitters getting married... can you register for Rowan and Manos instead of china? ha ha ha)

Oh, Congratulations!

Congratulations! Come to Massachusetts & make it legal! I married my husband within 8 months of meeting him and we've been happily married for five years now. Sometimes, you just know :-)

How wonderful - at our wedding, my husband and I had a reading that started "Marriage is like a long falling in love...". I hope the two of you fall in love with each other over and over again for the rest of your lives. Congratulations!

Aw, congratulations, sweetie! I remember the night Matt and I got engaged - knew it was coming for a while (heck, we'd been dating for 8 years), but oh, what a thrill! Hope you and La have many happy years together, big fat babies, grey hairs, all of that.

Well, you certainly know how to swing a pendulum, dontcha now? Whew!

Most heartfelt, happy-dance congratulations to the two of you! Have you set a date? Those sparks were pretty visible all these months, you know. ; ) Really, really cute engagement picture, too.

Congratulations, sweetheart.

I've been committed and reasonably active on the gay marriage issue for a while now. (I've got a great picture somewhere that I took of Steve wrapped in an American flag at a protest next to our friend Andrew who is holding a sign that says, "Rebuke Satan--Support Gay Marriage.") I've given a lot of thought to the colossal evil stupidity that is discriminating against people who want to get married based on their gender. But I have to admit, I have never felt it so viscerally as when I looked at that lovely picture of you and Lala and imagined how I'd feel if someone said that you couldn't visit her if she was in the hospital or that you guys couldn't adopt or do other things a lot of couples take for granted. It was like a sock in the gut. Anyone who could look at you two and think there's anything wrong with you building a life together isn't just bigoted, or small-minded, or whatever, they are freaking evil.

Congratulations again. :)

And thanks for telling us about the two boys in Iran -- I hadn't heard about it. Now I shall commence seething...

Hooray! Mazel Tov to both of you, for finding each other and never letting go. Its a beautiful thing.

When I started reading this post, I was getting all fired up to post a comment about the dangerous combination of religion and politics. I'm glad to be able to post a big CONGRATULATIONS instead!

EEEP! I just jumped for joy over here . . . congratulations to both of you! You had me almost in tears at the beginning of the post, and then I almost burst into tears of joy when you dropped the bomb . . . way to toy with our emotions! ;)
I can't wait to see how the wedding plans, etc, go. And would you just show us the ring already?????

*sigh. crying at my desk. for sad and happy reasons. Some countries have some of the worst punishments for being gay. I won't go into them here.. I don't want to mar the end of you happy post. Being who you are and being strong in your beliefs are two of the most important things you can start out doing. They in turn make you be political simply b'c you feel the need to make other people be stronger in who they are and what they believe. Its a full circle out there, and it only starts with one strong and lovely person (or in your case, two strong and wonderful people.)

When I met you I just knew you two had that special spark. Something that just glowed. And I thought it was hokey and silly to tell you, but I knew you two would be happy together forever. I was so excited to get home and tell Sue all about it. (and I count myself lucky Sue got to meet you the next day and see it for herself.) Congratulations ladies. My you have many years of love and happiness. (and dog kisses, and cat snuggles, and banjo pickin', and spinning, and knitting.....)

Blimey ! The whole gamut of emotions. The world is full of evil,injustice,hate and pain. It all seems impossible to change. We just have to try and work on our part of it.

Many,many congratulations. Wishing many years of happiness. It's been a pleasure to see your happiness over the last few months. Lala is so obviously the one for you ! Fab !

Congratulations!

"Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years." --Simone Signoret

Oh, wow - congratulations. I'd suspected, in my heart of hearts, that this was it -- the way you talk about your Lala is the way I feel abut my Boy-O: it's just too good to be true. Why and how on earth would that be wrong?

Hey, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! com'on up to Canada and make it legal...and have a party...
you guys deserve nothing but the best...congrats once again!

Oh, everyone said what I would have said already. You know I love you, right? Hugs and kisses and little old ladies who.

THE BEST NEWS! So happy for you and your Lala. My mother and I spotted you two from afar at MSW and we both thought you two were beaming. your love so evident. a rare thing in this sometimes messed up world. a beautiful story.
enjoy each other.

awwww, congratulations to you two!!
This is quite wonderful and I wish you best of luck, shall you go through all the mistakes and mishaps that any given couple will go through and come out stronger!
A relationship is hard work, no matter who you are or who you are with, getting married makes it just a touch harder. I am not sure why, maybe its the finality of it all.
My husband and I were practicing complete imorality for 10 years before we married and still going strong after another 8 years now. But I must say, the first coupla years of being married felt weird in some way, hard to explain. I think I am slowly getting used to it LOL....

Wow - what a fantastic post. CONGRATULATIONS on your happy news, and on finding someone that makes you thrilled to pieces--and care about marriage in a way you didn't think possible. Wonderful.

Congratulations Rachel! That is wonderful news!!

Congratulations! You deserve to be in a happy marriage with the person you love as much as anyone! Can't wait to see what you decide to do for the dress!

Isn't love great? (Even if our gov't sucks big time?)

Congratulations! Thank you for sharing the story from Iran, I had not heard about it. It's amazing what the media chooses to leave out. Wishing love and happiness to you and Lala!

mazel tov!
move to Canada. we like good banjo here, and we recognize your rights to be married...and CELEBRATE them. even Alberta is catching up.

move to Canada. we're cool up here. plus we have fleece artist. :-)

you just brought tears to my eyes dude. congratulations.

i've been fighting the good fight but honestly i can't say i feel very hopeful about things these days.

Congratulations to you both!!!!!!!! As I type through tears of sadness for what this world is. There are so many wrong things daily it is sometimes easier to just keep quiet. But you are standing up for your beliefs. I am living with my fiance' of 8 years and frankly have no intentions of marring him we only say fiance' becasue boyfreind is stupid at age 40. I was married for 11 years and he died. We cannot get health insurance together becasue we are not married. I think that is bullshit - What happend to common law??? And that is the just the tip of the political crap that surrounds second time relationships. Are we free or just as free as they want us to be?
Again CONGRATULATIONS.

Sometimes I wonder how far America will move in the direction of these places who execute gays. It seems like so many backwards steps are being taken.

I too would love to see you both move to Canada. It's just a better place to live. But if you're determined to do what you can to change the system, you can't do so from Canada. I'm confused, though, about how states can ban gay marriage when there are couples already married. Will some people enjoy marriage while others can't? Or do they think they can nullify gay marriages after the fact? Surely not.

Oh, and congratulations. I was still weeping too much to absorb right away that it was happy news. . .

Congratulations! So happy for you both. My hubbie and I just went to a friends wedding this weekend, and as always I was touched by the strong pure emotions that come out on that day. Regardless of gender etc. The public statement that you make to commit to each other and the power of hearing family and friends support you in that is amazing. Happy thoughts! Did we Canadians mention that besides gay friendly marriage laws, it's beautiful up here? =)

Oh! My! God! I cannot even say how happy I am for you. And note: you've made me cry... again.

You two rock. I wish you only the best and I am sorry that we live in such a screwed up world that people try to denigrate a relationship as beautiful as yours.

And the picture? Delish.

Congratulations!!!!!!

Mixed emotions here - such sadness for those two boys in Iran, and such happiness for you and LaLa...

Many congratulations from me and my girl to you and your girl.

It has long been obvious that you too belong together. Congratulations!

How can something that sounds so much like my relationship with my beloved be wrong? Be considered wrong? Be persecuted? Love is love, who gives a shit otherwise.

I don't care about gender, race or religion. I care that you're happy. And I can't wait to see that dress :)

Congratulations! I am so so happy for you both.

I had not heard about the executions in Iran - but I am not terribly surprised considering the media we have. Just when I think perhaps there is a little hope in the world (read Canada). Off to read the Village Voice and BBC for what is REALLY going on in the world.

Racheal, I've been reading for well over a year, and words can't even begin to tell you how happy I am for both you and La! Despite all of the messed up, narrow-minded things that happen in this world of ours, you beautiful women are going to take the leap. You are helping to change things with your love, by showing that love and passion are really the only things that matter - and legal rights, for that love.
I wish you two all the joy and happiness that you deserve. Felicitations!

You sure know how to jerk a heart around! First the right on observations of a few of the biggest things wrong with the world today, which are enough to make a gal cry, scream and beat her chest in a warcry to end such bigotry. Followed by news that will make you cry tears of joys. So typical of life, these ups and downs. Well count me in on your fight. Love has no boundaries and no should be imposed by state or church. Congratulations!

Crying. I don't know you guys, but I wish you much love and joy. The life you describe with Lala reminds me so much of the life I've found with Vanessa, my partner of two years-- indescribable happiness beyond my wildest dreams. I wish everyone could be so lucky.

You guys wouldn't be planning a trip out to the Michigan Womyn's Music Fest next month, would you? Would love to meet you in person.

Congrats! May you have a long lives filled with love and tenderness.

tears here as well..you are a gifted writer, special soul and deserve all the best in life..best wishes to you both .. love, happiness and peace always..

I can't begin to comment about the injustice of it all..you know how I feel about that Rachael..

today let's celebrate love. period! MWAH

Congratulations!! Yay!

Happy news like this makes the sad news a little easier to bear. And it's awesome to see two kick-ass, radical people creating a family - it's like proof of other people not giving up on the world. I mean, y'all were totally a family before the engagement, but it's great that y'all are getting married and it's like even more of a forceful statement against all the sadness in the world.

First, very disturbed about the story from Iran. Usually Candaian nets carry these things more than the US, but there was not a peep.

Secondly, I couldn't be more happy, awestruck and delighted for you and Lala. Come to Toronto to do it up right, we had the first legal same sex marriage right here a couple of years ago when the two Michaels tied the knot. They took their fight all the way to the Supreme Court, no small shakes in Canada.

Wow, I'm always so happy when other people are in love and happy. And don't worry about how soon it is, we knew at the first kiss - 17 years ago.

Okay. I'm a mess over here.

Mwah.

Longtime lurker here, just delurking to say Congrats! Wonderful, wonderful news.

It's so heartening to know that even with all of the chaos and sadness, there's still a space for love and hope. Blessings on both of you! That's beautiful.

Oh. Oh! So lovely. My very best wishes to you both for many years of life and happiness and tears and joy together, in a world that gets it and doesn't try any longer to legislate and make unlawful things unlegislatable and, really, none of the business of the general public to be trying to control in the first place.

So happy for you.

Yippee! Congratulations! It's so wonderful to see that love, at least, endures.

But man, you just made me cry! Now I have to hide in my office for awhile.

Congratulations again. So happy for you both - it gives me hope that there really is someone perfect out there for each of us. So glad you two found each other.

Let me add my voice to the chorus - CONGRATULATIONS!! It is beyond my understanding why some people seem to do all they can to diminish love. Shame on them, joy to you.

Congratulations! May you have years and years of happiness, and as much as I hate that you have to fight for rights that should be yours to begin with, I hope that it only strenghthens the bond between you. Best wishes to you both.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I am so pleased for you both....thank you so much for sharing Rachel. I have so enjoyed watching you blossom with happiness.....

I can't express how touched I am by your post Rachel...you are such a wonderful, wonderful writer. It is a priviledge to read you. L

Congratulations! I'm very happy for you both. I've loved reading about how cute you both are and this is the whipped cream and nuts on the sundae! Hooray!

congratulations!!! i'm so very happy for you. that's just awesome!

as for those two young boys you wrote about. when i was a kid, my family and i lived in iran for a time. the shah's iran. the shah's iran wasn't always a happy and just place -- he was a little too happy to imprison and probably torture political opponents and such -- but i'm pretty sure that he would never have allowed 2 young boys to be executed regardless of his views on homosexuality. the new free iraq will not be any better i'm afraid.

Your post was really sadness to joy. Sadness for the loss of two lives and joy for the joining of two lives. I'm quite excited for you and La! I do however think you are insane for knitting a whole dress! That will take FOREVER but with your style and grace, it will be perfect and lovely and just right! Congratulations!!!!!!!

Love is Love. And anyone who can find real love, more power to em. Congrats and Good Luck to both of you!

I've got tears in my eyes right now. Tears of sadness and shock and outrage for the boys in Iran, and tears of happiness for you and your Lala. Congrats to you both. It truly feels like "we've" been watching your love story progress through your blog. Can't say I'm surprised you're getting married as the love you feel for your girl is obvious through the screen. Blessings to you both.

You rock my world today. Mazel tov and congratulations! I ditto what everyone else said, too. I'll fight.

Words cannot even express how happy I am for you two !!

Squees of joy !!

Congratulations! Such wonderful news on this beautiful summer day!

But the news of the boys in Iran is absolutely heart-breaking. It is just .... There are no words.

California never fails to shock me. It has this reputation for being wild and alternate, and yet it has some of the most conservative laws.

I'd say come up to Canada, too, but you have to fight the good fight down there. Good luck!

you just made me cry!

i'm afraid if i start to comment on the political state of the universe i won't be able to stop, so i'm not even going to start.

what's most important is your wedding announcement. congratulations! that's fantastic news. you've done it -- you've found your life partner, and there's no better feeling in the world. . .

Congrats to both of you! :) Not a total surprise, but an absolute wonderful one. :)

duuuuuuude.

Congrats! Anyone can tell you were meant to be together, no matter what any stupid goverment thinks.

i got a little teary just then. i'm happy for you guys.

a thousand congrats!!!! you guys are both amazing.

Your post made me cry twice - once for the children in Iran, and then for your lovely news. I've been lurking on your site for a couple years now. CONGRATULATIONS to the two of you. May your lives be full of joy.

You SO rock. Mazal Tov to the both of you lovely ladies.

Congratulations! Wishing you all the best. Keep on fighting to rid injustice, I will too.

Congratulations!
Can't wait to see the wedding dress.

Rachael and La:
Congratulations. I can't really put into words how beautiful what you written truly is. I wish you both all the happiness and joy that EVERY couple deserves when they decide to commit their lives to each other. Thank you for sharing yourselves with us.

WooHoo! Congratulations to both of you! It couldn't happen to nicer people.

CONGRATULATIONS!

I wish you many many many years of a wonderful MARRIED life. I cant say how (since I've never met either of you) but, from reading and seeing pictures, I can't see how the rest of the world can't understand you two are perfect for eachother!

All the best, I'm cheering you on from across the coast!

Congratulations, I'm so thrilled for both of you! I wish you only the best in your lives together.

I hadn't heard about the Iraninan story, thank you for putting out there. I wish there were more ways to effect change at the individual level.

Wa-hoo! :-) Love rules. And all those jerks who are out there mongering hate can suck it. Congratulations!

Just had to add my congratulations to the rest. I wish you both the very best!

Congratulations!
That's how it happened with Nick and I, just knowing it was "it" from the beginning. I'd never wanted marriage until him.

It's frightening how our rights are being rolled back and that's part of their plan. Attack on so many fronts and maybe we'll be overwhelmed, maybe we'll just give up in disbelief that anyone could be so wrong, so mean, it can't happen here. I promise we won't give up or shut up.

Will you spin your wedding dress as well?

The first part of your post is truly horrifying. To think this kind of persecution still happens today just blows my mind. The U.S. needs to step up and get with the program, or we'll all move to Canada.

And congratulations, dear. That is wonderful news. Isn't it wonderful to know the person you are with is The One?

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