Jack (qbear) wrote,
Jack
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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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