As you can imagine, we’re pretty excited. It’s been a long time coming.
This was actually not in our plans for today, at all. At 1 pm, I read on Facebook that they had begun issuing licenses. Peeper was in her panties, and Shrike had to be at work (around the corner from the courthouse) at 3 pm. Somehow I talked her into it, and we got ready and down there in time.
I expected to see a line, and perhaps run into some friends, but when I asked the clerk if they’d been busy, she said we were the first ones in the county!
The license will be valid on January 1, when the law goes into effect. Our plan is to get married on February 10, which will be the 12th anniversary of our commitment ceremony.
That’s about as far as we have it figured out. We don’t have a location or an officiant, and we haven’t decided if it will just be the three of us plus whomever is required to make it legal, or if we’ll be inviting guests. We do know that whatever we do will need to cost about $0.00.
Of course, this will have zero legal bearing where we live, or 40 other states, or to the Federal government, so we still have a long, long way to go before we’ve reached true marriage equality, but for today, we’re feeling damn good about having that piece of paper in our hands, and send our congratulations to all of the other couples in Maryland and Washington who were finally able to get their licenses today, as well.