We interrupt our regularly scheduled APW postings…

…only because we know Meg wouldn’t mind.

And as fabulous as vacation is, we know she of all people is a little sad that she’s missing THIS.

No matter what happens from here, celebrate and enjoy this moment; not just for our LGBTQ brethren, but for people who believe in marriage everywhere.

So hugs and kisses and happy tears and glasses raised to our APW folks in California!!

Photo from Luis and Mike’s Mad Gay Wedding by SkyeBlu Photography

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  • Hear hear!
    I think it’s so awesome (as well) that I’m currently reading our Team Practical Recommended Book and then I heard the news as soon as I got home from work!

  • Jess

    YAY! :)

  • Allison

    Alright! Now let’s get the rest of the states to get their act together…..

  • TS

    As a newly married woman: every loving, happy marriage makes mine stronger. Especially the outlaw commitments-despite-discouragement, so thank you.

    And as someone who loves a lot of gay people: hell yeah!

  • So exciting! When I heard today, I figured APW would be first to post something. :)

  • I’m so happy for California! This is another great step toward equality!

  • peanut


  • Melissa


  • WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =D

  • Cat

    Keep up the good fight America. Every time your laws change it makes the news world wide, and every time you guys get a step closer to full equality it puts pressure on our governments not to be left behind. Congrats CA, and cheers from Australia!

  • AWESOME !!!!!!!!! SO HAPPY!

  • JoAnna

    Absolutely joyous! And thank you for interrupting the schedule for this tidbit!

  • jeneen


    • jeneen

      oh…and ditto on the thanks for the interruption on regularly scheduled content:-)

  • Lara

    Yes, it is wonderful, but I am worried about it going to the Supreme Court now. The results of that could be wonderful or disastrous. But I’ll be happy and optimistic for now :).

  • WOOHOO!!!!!

    was SO happy to turn on my computer this morning and see that!!
    restores a little bit of faith in humanity, you know?

    the rest of you guys are catching up with new england :)

    • Lisa

      Except for Maine. But we voted them out of NE anyway (sorry mainers, jk!)

  • Yes

  • meg

    We’re not missing it. Strict scrutiny was the breakfast conversation this morning :)

    I should weigh in though that while it’s a good thing (better than I expected, but I’m the pessimist of the duo), it’s only a little good… mostly complicated. The ruling was stayed immediately (meaning it will not go into effect) pending appeal. This whole process is the somewhat dubious process of moving gay marriage in front of the supreme court more or less right away. Given the conservative slant of the court, it’s going to going to come down to Kennedy… which is reading tea leaves… but… less than 50% of those tea leaves say anything good. But first, we’re off to the ninth circuit. Mmmmm.

    That said, the more often courts say it’s discrimination, the more it moves public opinion polls.

    And yes, this is what we talk about on vacation, in case you were wondering. This is what I have space in my head to actually talk about. Now off to the beach.

    Smooches and no f*ck this time,

    • Ha! Strict scrutiny was dinner conversation last night.

    • Totally with you Meg! Still choosing optimism in the meantime…. :)

    • Liz

      get out of here, you.

    • The parties are filing briefs next week to determine whether the stay should be lifted pending appeal.

  • I just went down the comment line and “Exactlyed” everyone. I felt like I was running down a line of people dishing out very enthusiastic high-fives.

    Let’s hope this is a start to some awesome changes.

  • Moz

    Yeah! This is such great news. Now you can *all* get married in the Golden State.

  • I saw it on twitter first, and was anxiously awaiting my husband to get home so I could share the news with him, and give someone a celebratory hug. Hurrah for common sense triumphing over bigotry!

  • EK

    I live in Canada, and sometimes I take for granted the right to marriage we give same-sex couples. So far our country is still happily intact and the institution of marriage hasn’t crumbled, it’s grown! Congratulations on this step – let’s hope many more positive ones follow.

  • Hurrah! The news came in right when I was wibbling a bit about the marriage-equality statement we put in our wedding program (because I suddenly got a vision of dozens of people walking out on us during the ceremony when their eyes hit that paragraph). Instant reality check. This is so much bigger than us. No more wibbling.

    • Yeah, I felt very strongly about saying something in the ceremony, and my mom gave me an “eeeehhh, really?” face when I told her we were doing it. But then I said out loud, that I couldn’t take part in something so huge and so wonderful without acknowledging the people in our midst (including our rabbi) who couldn’t. She got it, but more importantly I felt really steadfast and even a touch self-righteous.

      • Amy

        A paragraph about marriage equality (which also stated that we were donating to the cause) in our program during our very catholic mass was the one point I staunchly refused to budge on. Given that I was consenting to a catholic mass for the sake of both families, my mother choose to sigh and ignore that part of the program. One or two family members got a bit upset (so I heard), but none of them had the balls to say anything to our faces. And that one paragraph meant a lot to the long-term gay couples we had share our day with us.

  • K

    Sharon, this is so beautiful and so thought-provoking. Your analogy is actually quite similar to something my father told me when I was very young. I don’t really remember how the conversation came up, but my father (who will be celebrating the 33rd anniversary of his marriage to my mother this September) is prone to deep thoughts at random. He explained to me that he doesn’t believe in the concept of “The One,” but that, after years of life together, that person becomes “The One” because you can’t imagine a life other than the one you have chose with them for so many years. So true for us, even having only known one another for five years, and, I think, such a romantic perspective on what it is that builds and sustains a marriage.

    • Clearly, I’ve become a victim of too many browser tabs open at the same time, this was obviously meant for Sharon’s post. But, wonderful news from California, and I’m sharing in this excitement as well!

  • Jen

    I was so happy to hear this. Late last year my closest friend had beautiful commitment ceremony with his boyfriend in CA (which I got to shoot! yay!), and I love him so dearly, it was really hard to believe that he couldn’t actually get “married.” As celebratory as the mood was, there was still a note of sorrow due to the fact that they had to implicitly acknowledge that even on their happiest day, they were not going to be recognized as fully as their heterosexual counterparts. Weddings are often tinged with a bit of sorrow — whether due to a relative who’s passed away, a close friend who couldn’t be present, or a loved one fighting an illness — but failure to have your union be recognized by your country should not be something that causes you heartache on your wedding day.

    Anyway, I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir here :) To sum up: yay for celebrating love!

  • Kim


  • Judge Walker: “Instead, the evidence shows that the tradition of gender restrictions arose when spouses were legally required to adhere to specific gender roles. California has eliminated all legally mandated gender roles except the requirement that a marriage consist of one man and one woman. Proposition 8 thus enshrines in the California Constitution a gender restriction that the evidence shows to be nothing more than an artifact of a foregone notion that men and women fulfill different roles in civic life.”

    What a great message to both queer and straight couples- we are loving equals not the embodiment of gender roles!

  • Hearing this news made me all happy and squishy inside. It seems like this huge injustice that had been nagging at the back of my mind (along with the world’s other cruelties) has been lifted.

  • Katelyn

    I read this morning that Judge Walker’s rationale and use of scientific evidence to support his ruling may greatly strengthen the case in appeals. Yay for rational arguments! I’m so glad that there are people who can rationally fight against this gross injustice. My reaction is just “well, gay marriage should be allowed *sticks out tongue*” or sometimes… “Why? Well…. why not?”

  • suzanna

    Proud to be Californian again. Whew.

  • Cheers!!!


  • Kimi Boustany

    Love it!!!!!