Two friends got a marriage license yesterday.
They have been together for decades. They’ve owned houses together, ran a business together, participated in their community and held responsible and highly visible civic positions; they contribute to charity and take part in fundraisers for local organizations; they have been upstanding citizens of their small Southern city and the very definition of the committed, devoted couple for all to see.
But they couldn’t get married.
Then, yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States decided they could. And they hotfooted it down to the courthouse and managed to be the first same sex couple issued a marriage license in Garland County, Arkansas. Take a look at those faces in that photograph. That’s pure joy.
Congratulations, Alan and Joe! It’s been a long time coming. I expect your upcoming nuptials will be nothing short of fabulous!