Here Come the Brides!: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage

By Audrey Bilger

Marriage at the present time isn’t what it was: for higher, no longer for worse. As same-sex weddings have gotten extra universal, the vintage love-story chuffed finishing is taking over a decidedly new twist, every person has a clean function to play, and supporters and competitors of homosexual marriage alike are discovering themselves in the middle of a revolution that’s redefining marriage—both as a private selection and as an institution—as we all know it.

In Here Come the Brides!, editors Audrey Bilger and Michele Kort assemble jointly the voices of girls collaborating in—and shaping—this significant historic shift. Representing a variety of issues of view by way of race, type, ethnicity, and gender identity, this choice of essays, tales, and visible photographs takes a multidimensional examine how establishing up the normal order of “man and spouse” to incorporate the potential of “wife and spouse” is changing our social panorama. From marriage ceremony photos and pictures of protest indicators to comical anecdotes and sober philosophical analyses, Here Come the Brides! is an exploration of ways the legalization of same-sex marriages has irrevocably replaced the way in which lesbians take into consideration their unions and their lives—and a party of the dream of lesbian happily-ever-afters.

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Because the information breaks, digicam crews and journalists de- scend on Mol y and me. “What occurred? ” they ask. i burst into tears and tel them approximately del and Phyl, who have been jointly for greater than fifty years, and the way they have been ultimate y criminal y married. it feels overwhelming. At this element, we start the rally. california meeting member Mark leno steps as much as the rostrum and publicizes that he has simply in- troduced the first-ever marriage equality invoice into the country legislature that morning. Molly takes the level and sings, “The instances they're a-changin’. ” Then we cross within urban corridor, during the steel detector, and stroll hand-in-hand towards the clerk’s place of work. on the finish of a protracted, slim hallway is a rope barrier. digital camera crews encircle us and a urban legitimate tells us to attend simply because they wish to “change the shape. ” An reliable ultimately comes up with one; it’s blue, assorted from the white shape we’d been denied in prior years. it features a two-paragraph disclaimer: by means of marrying, we'll jeopardize or lose our household companion rights. it additionally says our marriage licenses will not be famous outdoors of San Francisco. We fill out the shape besides. They get rid of the rope and we’re in. The digicam crews keep on with. We’re given a number—sixty-nine. We laugh. it additionally occurs to be the yr we have been either conceived. We HereCometheBrides_finalpages. indd 197 12/15/11 5:58:03 PM 198 right here Come the Brides hand in our shape, surprised that we haven’t been became away. The clerk supporting us is smiling. he verifies the knowledge after which supplies us our shape, our marriage license, and a kinfolk making plans brochure that appears like whatever out of the Fifties. “So it starts,” one guy within the crowd says. i lock fingers with Molly and we continue again to the grand stair- case within the rotunda. We ask Mark leno if he'll marry us. he asks if we now have jewelry. i attempt unsuccessfully to take away mine, however it won't budge. Molly gets rid of hers. The rite is a blur. i do keep in mind placing Molly’s ring on the appropriate finger however the fallacious hand. the single more thing i keep in mind, in addition to the flashing lighting fixtures from the media that surrounds us, is whilst Mark acknowledged, “by the ability vested in me from the country of california, i now pronounce you spouses for all times. ” i kiss Molly, then Mark. We’re legally married. We hug our associates status round us and celebrate. Then it’s brian and ted’s flip to be married, then Peter and geoff, Shelly and ellen, Alison and heidi. couple after couple appear at urban corridor as humans listen the re- ports that San Francisco is marrying same-sex undefined. We don’t depart till 4 thirty, once we visit have a good time at a cafe with the entire newlyweds and our exhausted unmarried associates who've been snapping pictures, rolling video, and signing as witnesses. AU G U S T 1 2 , 2 zero zero four She’s donning a marriage costume and looking out like a gorgeous princess— a stunning princess with a bullhorn, that's. We’re marching down industry road. They’ve simply invalidated our marriage license. The cali- HereCometheBrides_finalpages.

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