On December 6, 2012, Washington state began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Matt Stopera from BuzzFeed was there, and he made a photo essay that I became o-b-s-e-s-s-e-d with. So, when Delaware and Rhode Island got marriage equality this summer, I had to make my own, natch.
Delaware was first. CAMP Rehoboth (Creating A More Positive Rehoboth) held a ceremony to celebrate the marriage of Chris Beagle and Eric Engelhart, AKA Beaglehart.
They scored major points for wearing matching suits *and* matching flip-flops.
First, I asked them to write how long they had been together. (They’ve been partners for 23 years, but at the time of this picture they had been married for 90 minutes.)
Then, I asked them to think about their favorite thing about each other
They showed each other
I got some other couples to participate. Enjoy!
Step on up, get your license here!
Finally, from matching flip-flops to matching shirts:
I asked them to show me their responses but they couldn’t stop smiling at each other.
Thanks, Delaware! Rehoboth is adorable!
Rhode Island’s law went into effect on August 1. Their state house is beautiful. My camera couldn’t take pictures of the white marble while the sun was out, so you’ll just have to believe me. Sorry! 😦
There was a group of supporters with signs. This one was my fave.
One couple got hitched.
That evening, Representative Frank Ferri married his partner of 32 years, Tony Caparco.
Ferri was lead sponsor of the bill on the house side. Here’s Frank and Tony with part of the Rhode Island team:
The cake was both pretty and delicious:
And there were some couples:
And Frank and Tony!
At one point towards the end of the night, I couldn’t find one of my whiteboards. I felt a mixture of panic and frustration. It’s such a stupid, useless thing to steal. But then I found this guy practicing his cursive:
He said he was sorry and gave his little puppy dog eyes, so I had to forgive him. Plus, I felt like he deserved to show off his sweet cursive. Pretty good, right?
I was pretty wiped out by the end of the night, but I had a blast.
I am so grateful to everyone who helped me plan this. Congratulations to all of the people who worked on these two campaigns. Congratulations and thank you to all the couples who got married and let me photograph them. And thank you, internet person, for visiting to share in their joy. I hope some of the excitement I felt when I was in these two states came through in these photos. Who’s next?