January 28, 2009

Worth the Wait

If you had to wait 33 years to leaglly marry your spouse, would you stay with them? Janet Peck and Carol Conklin, a couple in Connecticut, did just that and were finally legally wed last Saturday. From the Norwich Bulletin (hat tip to Freedom to Marry):

Janet Peck and Carol Conklin of Colchester waited 33 years for Saturday afternoon’s ceremony.

After Justice of the Peace Judy Martone Peluso pronounced the couple legally married and the cheers from family and friends subsided, Peck and Conklin said it was even more than they had expected and hoped for all these years.

“When we first got together, we didn’t think it would even happen,” Peck said. “We’ve dreamed of this for so many years — this is just beyond.”

“We’re just thrilled,” Conklin said.

Peck and Conklin were one of eight Connecticut same-sex couples who sued the state in 2004 after they were denied a marriage license, claiming their rights to due process and equal protection were violated. The state had passed a civil union law that year.Supreme Court ruling.

Peck, Conklin and the seven other couples won their case in 2008, when the state Supreme Court ruled on Oct. 10 that same-sex couples have the right to marry. Marriage licenses for same-sex couples became available Nov. 12.

So was it worth the wait?

Both said the lawsuit was long and tiring, but was worth all the effort.

“I’d do it again in a second,” Peck said. “She’s the love of my life, and now she’s my wife.”

It sounds pretty natural to me for people to have the legal right to marry the love of their life. I did, and I want everyone to have the opportunity to be as blessed as I have been. God didn't put us on earth to settle for second best, He wants to abundantly bless our lives!

Click here to read the rest of the Norwich Bulletin story.

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