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Saturday, November 15, 2008

I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do in Chicago

That's all we want to be able to say--a simple "I do" to the man or woman we love. Is that too much to ask for? I don't think so. Today my partner and I are celebrating our 17th anniversary. Way back on November 15, 1991, a mutual friend of ours introduced us at Blue Mesa, a Mexican restaurant on Halsted Street. I knew from the first moment that I saw Michael that he was the guy for me. He had such a nice smile--and nice hands--and he knew all about something called "musical theater", which I wasn't that familiar with (soon after this initial meeting, I went to Tower Records and bought my very first original cast recording--Sondheim's Company). Over the years Michael and I have never much discussed getting "officially" married--we already feel like an old married couple--but I think it would be really great if we at least had the option to do so. It wouldn't hurt anyone else, so I'm not sure why so many people feel threatened by two men or women becoming husband and husband or wife and wife. What's the big deal? Is the world going to come to an end? No. In fact, the world would definitely be a far better place to live.

So here are a few photos I took today at the Chicago protest of Prop 8. And while you look at them, you can listen to the words of Harvey Milk and the recent Special Comment by MSNBC's Keith Olbermann.


Sarah Bagpuss said...

I love the sign that says, "sorry were my civil rights getting in the way of your bigotry?"
I agree with your comments Marc. Everyone should have the right to marry if they want to. Thanks for sharing the pics.


Anonymous said...

My partner & I will share our 17th anniversary this spring. It has taken a lot of work and paperwork to get us covered in case something happens to one of us. That is just the basics-I won't go into the whole tax thing. Stood out is freezing rain and wind today in Cleveland. Glad to see so many people turned out in the horrible weather. Can
t wait to see how it went in other cities!

MaxStone01 said...

It was a great day and surprisingly - at least in Baltimore - there were no haters present to mar the event or make things turn ugly. Nice pictures from Chicago. We had some similar signage in Baltimore. My favorite was one with artwork of Divine and I think it said "Divine hates Prop 8." I posted some video of the event over my by blog -

Deep Dish said...

It sounds like all the rallies across the country went very well. Fortunately, the weather in Chicago--although a bit chilly--was dry. And I think we only had one hater that I noticed--and he disappeared (maybe he was arrested for disturbing our peaceful protest).