We took the day off to get our marriage license. Thursday, December 6th, the election results on the referendum on same-sex marriage were going to be certified and Governor Gregoire was going to sign off on them, the first day we could get a license. We could have waited of course but this seemed like being part of history. The county Auditor’s Office was really organized and issued numbers to couples in advance to make the line go more smoothly and also to put some couples a little more front and center, like this couple registering for a license in Tacoma. They’ve been together for 54 years.
Then there was this couple down in South Bend. They don’t quite fit the stereotype, do they? (The caption refers to 800 couples, which is a reference to Seattle. But these were in South Bend.)
And then finally here’s a photo of a bunch of us back in Tacoma waiting out front of the country annex to go in and get our licenses. There were about 60 to 80 couples lined up and waiting.
This isn’t gesture politics for my partner and me, it’s all about the bureaucracy. The first step is getting maried, the next step is getting the federal government to recognize it, and the Supreme Court may be bringing that day closer too.
This is why it’s not gesture politics for us. Once I can get my partner onto my health insurance (federal government) we immediately start saving $400/month. Also when my military retirement starts in a year and a bit, and then my federal retirement some day, I don’t have to stay alive just so my partner can draw it, because hopefully by then he’ll be a spouse in the eyes of the federal government.
So this is not about gesture politics at all. It’s simple equality.