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Today is our anniversary. Steve (rootbeer1) and I have been together 11 years now, counted from the first day we laid eyes on each other. We had been chatting on AOL and on the phone for several months, but the first time we met in person, we both knew.

Today we signed and mailed off to the state registry our Declaration of Domestic Partnership. In California since January 1, 2005, the Family Code grants domestic partners virtually all rights that married couples have on the state (and by extension local) level. Though we were legally married on February 13, 2004 in San Francisco City Hall (as seen on TV), of course those marriages were annuled six months later. We still hold to the vows we made that day--we made them to each other, in the presence of witnesses, and legal or not, they stand. But now we have the legal rights and responsibilities that that go along with those vows. When marriage between two men or two women becomes fully legal in California, or if we move to Massachusetts or Canada or Spain, we'll get married again. One of my favorite things to do is to marry Steve Freitag.

Today my life is so different than I ever imagined it to be. I always hoped I would find my soul mate one day, but I always believed I never would. When I least expected it, you came bounding into my life, and here we are, together, more in love than ever, a home, a family.

Today, and every day forever, I love you, Steve.

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tonymorg
Sep. 16th, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC)
Happy Anniversary, gentlemen!
May your next 44 be as great as your first 11.

thomb
Sep. 16th, 2005 11:42 pm (UTC)
Congratulations dear ones!
quirkstreet
Sep. 16th, 2005 11:43 pm (UTC)
Seeing the two of you so happy makes many others happy as well.

Happy Anniversary!
m_f_patterson
Sep. 16th, 2005 11:43 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversary boys

So happy for ya

hugs
Michael, Earl and Mark
ciddyguy
Sep. 17th, 2005 12:01 am (UTC)
congrats on the first 11. Hope you have many, many more years to enjoy each other.

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anziulewicz
Sep. 17th, 2005 12:11 am (UTC)
Congratulations!
Eleven years! That is wonderful. I've always felt that human beings do better in pairs. Gay or Straight, it doesn't matter. Making a commitment to one another's well-being ... It's intrinsicly MORAL, regardless of what the theocons say.
hugh_mannity
Sep. 17th, 2005 12:20 am (UTC)
Congratulations to the both of you.

May you have many more years together!

(and may the government finally discover that it too has a heart and make marriage dependent on the hearts of the participants instead of their having matching (or non-matching, depending on how you see it) genitalia.)
bigreddee
Sep. 17th, 2005 12:28 am (UTC)
Damn you for making me cry at work. People are going to think I'm having a nervous breakdown from a work-related condition. Then they'll make me use the EAP benefits. Then I will have to see a shrink to tell them it was all a misunderstanding. Then they'll put me on Prozac. Or some other 'Zac. And it'll be all your fault. Happy?

Congrats to you both, again and again.
fuzzygruf
Sep. 17th, 2005 12:57 am (UTC)
Great! Good job, Jack!

Happy Anniversary!
danman869
Sep. 17th, 2005 01:15 am (UTC)
Happy Anniversary to you both!
beastbriskett
Sep. 17th, 2005 01:39 am (UTC)
11 is a good long time. It give me hope that love at first sight is not only possible, but it continues.
May you enjoy many, many more!
pagerbear
Sep. 17th, 2005 01:40 am (UTC)
Lovely
bonkishnurtaz
Sep. 17th, 2005 01:43 am (UTC)

I would like to extend my best to you both:

HAPPY



ANNIVERSARY!



To two great men, whom I have not yet had the pleasure to meet! Have a fantastic weekend! hugs

furr_a_bruin
Sep. 17th, 2005 01:55 am (UTC)
Happy anniversary, and many many more!
poohbearjim
Sep. 17th, 2005 02:08 am (UTC)
Congratulations to the both of you.
abearius
Sep. 17th, 2005 05:50 am (UTC)
Being happy for the both of you is one of the rewards that comes with being your friend. Enjoy yourselves as much as we do. :-)
enhydrasf
Sep. 17th, 2005 05:51 am (UTC)
big congrats.

Kev and I have been domesticated domestic partners for almost 4 years now.

you guys are so great together.
sfbearhoney
Sep. 17th, 2005 06:01 am (UTC)
Congratulations!!!
sfgarry
Sep. 17th, 2005 08:20 am (UTC)
Mazel tov!
mom2girls
Sep. 17th, 2005 11:42 am (UTC)
Awww.....
I simply MUST meet you! You guys are so sweet and cool!
sfopanda
Sep. 17th, 2005 12:00 pm (UTC)
Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!
briarhill
Sep. 17th, 2005 12:36 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your Anniversary! I agree that being married is a wonderful thing when you marry your soul mate and best friend.
owenthomas
Sep. 17th, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! "One of my favorite things to do is to marry Steve Freitag" has to be one of the most romantic lines I've read in ages. Did gregorsf and I tell you about our two exchanges of rings? If not, next time we get together, for sure.
jarlsberg71
Sep. 18th, 2005 02:19 pm (UTC)
You two are so sweet! I'm so happy for you! maybe you should plan a vacation visiting places where you can get married again and again!
cabearcub
Sep. 19th, 2005 08:03 am (UTC)
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zoxobear
Sep. 19th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
YAY!!!!
HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!

To two absolutely amazing fellas, who make an even more amazing couple.

Congratulations assholes, thanks for setting the bar so f'ing high for the rest of us!

Just kidding... well not really

*hugs* -Tyler
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