Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Marriage Equality and Acceptance Finally!

Yesterday, I had the privilege of attending the wedding of my friend, Clare, and her partner of 13 years, Bonnie.   

On October 17, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick ruled that Arizona's anti-marriage amendment is unconstitutional. Arizona Attorney General Horne announced just hours later that he would not appeal the ruling, meaning that same-sex couples immediately had the freedom to marry in the Grand Canyon State!  As conservative as our state is, this was a huge hurdle for equality for all people.

I have known Clare for over 20 years.  She taught for me at Gilbert El and is probably the best music teacher ever in the state of Arizona! Every year, she did a musical with every grade level and she included EVERY child in the musical no matter what their abilities or disabilities.  She is amazing!!!

She and Bonnie are both wonderful human beings who absolutely deserve all of the rights that go along with this ruling.   I know that they were already happy, but this brings their happiness full circle.

The wedding was in their beautiful backyard that Bonnie designed.  Clare's friend, Randy, performed the wedding.  There was a huge crowd of their families and friends and everyone was so happy for them.  They both so deserve this!

And, of course, the music was great and there were tears and laughter throughout the ceremony.   Peggy Dole sang a couple of songs.  Her voice is amazing!!

Finally, Arizona has come through---or I should say a judge came through for equality for all.   It was truly a special evening and I am so glad that I was a part of it.  

Congratulations to Clare and Bonnie and may they have a wonderful life together!!!   

1 remarks:

Nancy Proffitt said...

It WAS a perfect evening ~ so glad I had the chance to see you!!!