Friday, December 07, 2012

Picture of the day.

Courtesy of Maddow Blog:

One month after Washington State voters approved the state's marriage equality law in Ref. 74, same-sex couples get marriage licenses for the first time on December 6th, 2012. At around 1:30am, Larry Duncan, 56, left, and Randy Shepherd, 48, from North Bend, Wash. got their marriage license. The two plan to wed on December 9th, the first day it is possible for them to wed in a church in Washington State. They have been together for 11 years. Originally from Dallas, Texas, they moved here 7 years ago because it's more gay friendly. Randy is a computer programer and Larry is a retired psychology nurse.

Seriously who, WHO, would tell these two gentleman that they cannot get married?

I actually feel sorry for people who are on the wrong side of this issue, because for years to come as gay marriage and relationships become more and more mainstream, they will have to keep their prejudice hidden away more and more from a society that will no longer accept homophobic statements, until eventually the only person they will be able to share it with is the person looking back at them in the mirror.

Who, by the way, is most likely gay.


  1. Anonymous7:14 AM

    The Republican Party has done more to make same sex marriage than anyone else?

    Just think if the Rethugs has not blocked National Single-payer health care and similar civil rights issues, same sex couples may have been content to continue to live together and not promote marriage equality

  2. Sharon7:25 AM

    That picture says it lovely they are. The truth is most of the same sex couples getting married have been together for years and my guess will have a divorce rate of zero. Now we need to get illegal marijuana off the table and watch the money going for more prisons and law enforcement go where its needed. America is indeed moving forward....leaving those hate filled bigots behind.

    1. Anonymous9:34 AM

      Divorce rate of zero?


      Mistakes are an inevitable part of life.

      The two gentlemen in that picture, though, will not get divorced.

      If only we were all so lucky.

  3. Anonymous7:51 AM

    the person looking back at them in the mirror will not be gay. they will be lonely, out-of-touch, in the minority, but they won't be gay.
    sorry, I liked your post until the last line:)


    2. Anonymous8:27 AM

      thank you for this, which i did already know. it is good to expand one's mind, and i'm grateful for your educating me.
      still, why let the homophobes off the hook of their hatred/bigotry by including them in the world they abhor? they should have to deal with their problems separate from the rest of us.

  4. hedgewytch8:04 AM

    Can't tell a book by its cover! Who'd a thought at a glance that these two were highly educated, skilled professionals - who are also gay. God I love it!

    Congratulations to everyone getting married!

    1. Anonymous9:39 AM

      Gays like ZZ Top as well. you know.

    2. What is ZZ Top? I realize I'm not in the avant garde of pop culture, but this bizarre. Hey, a type of haircut, mebbe?

  5. Anonymous9:37 AM

    I am straight, live in Washington State, and I voted for this law. It is wonderful to see it all over the national news and to see lovely couples like this finally getting to marry.

    1. Anonymous3:20 PM

      As another resident of Washington, I would add the atmosphere around here has been wonderful: so much love, joy, and happiness. I talked to a friend of mine who couldn't stop talking about her gay/lesbian friends who were getting married. She was so excited. I'm "straight", been married for 47 years and yes, I campaigned for this law, yes, I voted for this law, and I'm so delighted it passed!

      Elizabeth 44

  6. johnie2xs9:39 AM

    Boy oh boy, are these guys ever stereotype busters.
    Congrats to them, and screw anyone who thinks otherwise.

    1. Here's one of my favorite stereotype-buster, in which a New Hampshire man asks Willard Romney what his view on same-sex marriage, and Willard says, "I believe that marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman."

      When this gentleman announces that he's a Vietnam veteran, Willard said, "I was in high school then." (Yes, we know.)

      When asked why he felt "so strongly," he said, "Because I'm gay!"

    2. Anita Winecooler4:08 PM

      Thanks, Mrs Bisquitbarrel. The Veteran is truly a gentleman to treat him with that much respect in the face of such abject stupidity.
      He's right about "looking in the eyes" to see a person's true core.

      There IS nothing behind those eye but self adulation, hubris and greed.

  7. Anonymous10:06 AM

    Whoops. I saw the picture and thought it was an update to the Citadel builders.

  8. Anonymous10:58 AM

    I love this photo! My heart soars to think this loving couple no longer is marginalized by the majority of Americans. Think good thoughts Jesse — we will get beyond the hate one day in this country. I honestly believe hate is so corrosive it eats people up inside.

  9. Anonymous3:40 PM

    This is going straight to FB! I love it. I'm in Seattle and am feeling very proud of my vote. These two are so North Bend in their beards, flannel, and hunting caps. Just wanna hug 'em!

  10. Anita Winecooler4:15 PM

    I love it! Eleven Years is a LONG time! I'd LOVE to see a clip of the two of them walking out of the church. They deserve their privacy, but a photo of them walking out of the church would drive the bigots crazy, not to mention Fox.

  11. I am so happy to be spending Tuesday helping my soon-to-be-wed friends taste-test wedding cakes in Seattle for their January wedding! :) This'll be my first wedding (and my husband's first time being the best man). I'm thrilled to be a part of their happiness and that my vote helped ensure their equality!

  12. Anonymous7:11 PM

    Gryphen, I don't know if you'll see this, but you have to read it, and send it to your daughter:

    Yes, those guys are are cute (meant kindly) but these two women are beautiful and type-busters too.
    Be sure to scroll down to see the photos.

    Yess thos


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