STORIES: Francie and James

February 7, 2013 at 3:31 pm

My husband James and I had our wedding in beautiful Hocking Hills, Ohio, in the fall of 2012. bernae

We were spiritually married by James’ brother, the UCC (accepting/loving denomination) Reverend Matt Wooster. It was beautiful and perfect.

However, we traveled to Iowa to get legally married and to get our civil marriage license. We did this because Ohio marriage law excludes loving same-sex couples in our state. We didn’t want to give our signatures and our money to fund exclusion.

Iowa has marriage equality! Therefore, we gladly gave Iowa the $180 it takes to get the marriage license and a magistrate to marry us. Also, we had a lovely time honeymooning in Iowa and spent tourism dollars in a state that supports love and marriage for all.

I just wanted to share our story with you. We want people to know that marriage equality is good for all people, businesses and communities.

Thank you for the work you do to promote marriage equality.

Francie and James


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