Darin and Bill
Bill and I first met eight years ago online. We dated for five years before getting married: we were sure it was right! I distinctly remember when we first said “I love you.” We were on holiday for Labor Day to visit some friends back East and that was the first time those words were spoken.
Since then, we’ve faced an amazing amount of trials and tribulations together. Bill’s mother passed away after we had only been married for about two years. We have been through an immense amount of things together as a couple that would test anybody. I think we have proved our metal! Bill is still there every morning when I wake up and I’m not going anywhere.”
The reasons marriage matters to us are two-fold:
On the more practical side: we both own property, we both have assets and we should have the right to inherit without ghastly inheritance taxes. We should have the same rights as opposite-sex couples.
Emotional level: I still get chills when I am introduced to Bill’s colleagues and peers as his husband. We were in Heidelberg, Germany a few weeks ago and went to the banquets and social events and I was introduced to people all over the world as his husband. And, you know what? It still made me a little weak in the knees.
Just having the right to say that is something that would have made so many of our peers and our LGBT fore-fathers and mothers so much more secure in their relationships and so much happier just having the thrill the hearing those words said out loud. That’s why marriage matters.
Darin is the owner of Sugar Bear Sweets and Bill is the Sarpy County prosecutor. They were married in Iowa and currently reside in Nebraska.