After being together for 5 years, we were legally married in October of 2008 in California on the steps of the historic San Francisco City Hall. When we got engaged in 2007, we had no option to marry in our home state of Maryland. As such, we planned a beautiful ceremony to declare our lifetime commitment to one another before our friends and family. At the same time, we also met with an attorney to ensure that our family was protected. But unfortunately, these protections fell short of the security and safety net that comes with marriage.
Even though Maryland recognizes our marriage from California, we still encounter roadblocks every day. We had to travel to Washington DC for the birth of our first child, Cole, to ensure that both of our names would be on his birth certificate from day one.
We look forward to the day in which all loving and committed couples in Maryland can marry. Until then, the weight of protecting our family and our son will weigh heavily on our minds.
Join Equality Maryland as we celebrate the Capital Pride Street Festival on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets. The Festival is DC’s largest annual one-day event with over 150,000 visitors, almost 300 sponsor & vendor exhibits, three stages, two beverage gardens, a family area, Taste AT Pride, Art in Pride and numerous food vendors offering a huge selection of various cuisines. We'll have a table set-up for all of your EQMD swag needs, make sure to stop by!
All are welcome at The Interfaith Fairness Coalition of Maryland's annual Pride Interfaith Service held at Metropolitan Community Church of Baltimore on Thursday June 13th at 7:30pm.