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So we received something in the mail on Friday that I never ever dreamed happening in my life. Growing up and knowing in my heart that I was gay, well I knew marriage was out of the picture.

Well fast forward to 2008 and all of a sudden it's an option! So on this day in 2008 the love of my life and I were married...

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At the time I was 52 years old and I still was not out to my parents. In October of 2009 I finally made that leap and came out to them. Later in October of 2012 when my parents were visiting us, we finally told them we were actually married.

They have been nothing but supportive, accepting and loving for which I am very thankful. Especially when I read of others who didn't have such good fortune.

So anyway... what was it that we received in the mail? A happy anniversary card. I can't tell you what that means to us. To feel so normal, so loved.

The word marriage matters. People understand it immediately. Thank you to everyone who struggled to make this happen in California.

Happy Anniversary to the love of my life!!

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Originally posted to cooper888 on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 07:19 AM PDT.

Also republished by Kossacks for Marriage Equality, Kitchen Table Kibitzing, and Pink Clubhouse.

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